ICPSR Data Webinars:

“ICPSR Data Fair 2014: Powering Sustainable Data Access,” (October 6-9, 2014). “For many years, ICPSR has hosted several public-access research data archives that are sustained by federal and foundation funding. ICPSR’s 2014 Data Fair will feature webinars about many of these archives and collections, including an introduction to the National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture; the R-DAS collection at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive; two Gates Foundation-funded collections at the Resource Center for Minority Data; an orientation to the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program; and a Q & A about the Gates Foundation-funded Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database.”


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ICPSR Announces New Data Sharing Tool

Institutional openICPSR is a research data-sharing service developed to meet the needs of universities, journals, research centers, and departments. We offer a fully-hosted, economical, professionally-run, and trusted research data repository that demonstrates the research impact of your organization.” For more information about openICPSR, includeing a browsable list of data files, go to:


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Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) – International Data Relase

IPUMS-International recently announced the addition of 20 new samples. These samples come from the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Ireland, Liberia, Maili, Nigeria, Ukraine, Uruguary, and Zambia. For more information about this release go to:


To access the data at IPUMS-International (registration is required prior to creating an extract), go to:


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New Census Bureau Report Examines Changes in Marital Status and Fertility

Today, the US Census Bureau issued a new report focusing on women’s marital status and fertility. The report – Fertility of Women in the United States: 2012 – uses data from the 2012 American Community Survey and the 2012 Current Population Survey. “The report examines women’s marital status at the time of their first births, the completed fertility of women up to age 50 and the fertility patterns of young women. Fertility patterns are shown by race, ethnicity, age, citizenship and employment status, as well as state of residence.”


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America’s Trip to the Office

With the coming of spring, the US Census Bureau has released a report containing estimates of the alternative methods that people utilize to get to work. The report – “Modes Less Traveled – Bicycling and Walking to Work in the United States: 2008-2012,” examines “the trends and socio-economic and geographic differences between motorized and nonmotorized commutes.”


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US Census Bureau Working Paper Examines Race Report Among Hispanic

In March, the Census Bureau Population Division released a working paper that examines the accuracy of race/ethnicity reporting during the 2010 Census. The working paper – Race Reporting Among Hispanics: 2010 – examines race reporting trends by Hispance respondents during the 2010 Census. The authors found that approximately “two-fifths of self reported Hispanic did not identify with any of the OMB race categories.” The authors conclude that the Census Bureau will need to conduct further testing to better understand race reporting by Hispanic respondents.

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ICPSR Summer Program Data Curation Courses

The ICPSR Summer Program will include two week-long courses on data curation and data services. The courses are:

Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-use (July 28-August 1, 2014).

Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation (August 4-8, 2014).

For information about registration and fees, go to:


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US Bureau of Labor Statistics Announces Reductions to Two Data Programs

From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

“On Friday, January 17, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. The Act provides $592.2 million in funding to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the fiscal year (FY) 2014 that began October 1, 2013. This funding level is $21.6 million below the FY 2014 President’s Budget. In order to achieve the necessary savings for this funding level and protect core programs, the BLS is taking the steps listed below:”

1. Curtail the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).
2. Curtail the International Price Program.


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ICPSR Data Curation Student Paper Competition:

ICPSR Student Paper Competition:

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) recently announced a competition for student papers on the topic of data curation. “This competition has the purpose of encouraging and highlighting exemplary student research on data curation, including, but not limited to, such topics as data management planning, supporting the data curation lifecycle, metadata, data confidentiality, preservation, and cost modeling.” The competition is open to current PhD, master’s, and under graduates, and to recent graduates (graduates prior to April 1, 2013 are not eligible). Entries are being accepted from member and non-member institutions, and from US and non-US students. The first prize award will be $1,000, and second prize is $750. The deadline for entries is May 30, 2014.

For additional information about the contest, including a full listing of entry requirements and submission details, go to:


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BLS to Discontinue Anonymous FTP Service 2/28/14

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will be ending its support of Anonymous FTP Service effective March 2014. The BLS FTP site ftp://ftp.bls.gov/ will be replaced by a HTTP site called http://download.bls.gov/. The new HTTP site will host identical downloadable files as those available on the FTP site except for files located in the special.request directory. Please visit the program homepages at www.bls.gov for specifics on the availability of special request files. To ensure a smooth transition, BLS FTP users are strongly recommended to update any automated scripts and begin using the new HTTP site as soon as possible.

Note: The FTP site (ftp://ftp.bls.gov) will be shut down on February 28, 2014.

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