New election related resources from Roper Center

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research [Cornell University] has developed a series of briefs that highlight opinion data related to the 2016 Presidential race. The posts include:

– Roper Data at the Presidential debates
– Curbed Enthusiasm: Voting in 2016
– None of the Above: Polling and Third-Party Candidates
– Candidates and tax returns
– Podiums, Platforms and Polls: Public Opinion on the Election Debates

To begin exploring these posts, go to:

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New NIH/FDA Public-Use Data File – August 11, 2016

“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announce the availability of public-use files (PUF) for the questionnaire data from the first wave of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study. The PATH Study PUF is downloadable from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).”

“The PATH Study is a household-based, nationally representative, longitudinal cohort study of 45,971 youth (12-17 years) and adults in the United States. The study was launched in 2011 to inform FDA’s regulatory activities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed into law in 2009. Data in the first wave were collected from September 2013 to December 2014.”

To access the data and documentation:

PATH study homepage can be found at:

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New Data Training Opportunities from the US Census Bureau – July 20, 2016

The US Census Bureau has created a “Summer Camp Webinar” series. The purpose of the series is to introduce data users to the resources available at the Census Bureau, and to provide real world examples of how Census Bureau data can be utilized for research. The webinars and video tutorials can be found at:


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New Data Extractor Available from NCES – July 12, 2016

“Distance Learning Dataset Training,” (July 2016). Note: “The Distance Learning Dataset Training System, or DLDT, is an online, interactive tool that allows you to learn about NCES data across the education spectrum and evaluate it for suitability for particular research purposes. The DLDT computer-based training modules are designed to introduce you to a multitude of NCES datasets, their design, and considerations for analysis to facilitate successful analyses.”

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ICPSR China Census Data Webinar-May 16, 2016

On May 16, 2016 (1:00pm EST), ICPSR will hold a webinar on Chinese Census Data available at the UM China Data Center: “This workshop will give an introduction to some background of the census data of China, the primary differences between the US census data and China census data, the methodology for building GIS-based census data products, and the technology for integrating those census data from different sources and years in a spatial system for easy access and analysis. It will also discuss some applications of those census data, possible limitations of those census data products, and their potentials in future applications.” For more information, including registration, go to:

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ICPSR April 12 Webinar

On April 12, 2016 ICPSR will host a webinar entitled “Bringing Data into the Classroom with ICPSR.” The purpose of the webinar is to “demonstrate the data tools, content resources, and opportunities ICPSR has for exposing undergraduate students to data. The ideas included will touch on topics from deviance to sampling and voting behavior to operationalization of variables. ” The Webinar is free, but registration is require. To register for this event go to:

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New Data Archive Available at ICPSR

ICPSR announced the creation of the Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP). “ADDEP will bring together existing disability data resources already available at ICPSR with newly acquired data from rehabilitation medicine and related areas. The project will also develop webinars, workshops, presentations, and other training tailored to fit the needs of the disability and rehabilitation research communities to strengthen and support the data-sharing infrastructure.” The archive is a collaboration between ICSPR and the Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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2016 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The ICPSR Summar Program will consist of two four-week courses that will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan (June 20-July 15, 2016 and July 18-August 12, 2016). In addition, the Summer Program will also offer 35 3 to 5 day workshops. These workshops will be held in Ann Arbor, MI, Amherst, MA; Berkeley, CA; Boulder, CO; Chapel Hill, NC; and Manhattan, NY. For more information about all aspects of the Summer Program, including a link to the course schedule and the online registration portal, go to:


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ICPSR Feb. 1 Webinar

ICPSR will present “Spatial Data Analysis with China Geo-Explorer” on Feb. 1 (1pm EST).

“Presented by Shuming Bao, this webinar will cover:

-Who will benefit from the CGE?
-What data are unique in CGE
-How to query data in CGE
-How to generate new data sets in CGE
-How to export data to Excel file or GIS shape file from CGE
-How to upload users’ data to CGE for online analysis and mapping
-Project Demonstration: China Geo-Explorer”

To register for the webinar go to:


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ICPSR Announces Funding Opportunity for 2016 Summer Program

ICPSR has recently made available the “Dr. Eugene Owen Scholarship for Research on the International Assessment of Student Achievement.” “The Owen Scholarship will be awarded to senior graduate students or outstanding pre-tenure scholars (less than five years since award of the PhD) conducting research that advances the understanding of international differences in student achievement. Recipients will be scholars who contribute to research and policy about education and teaching in a cross-national perspective. The Owen Scholarship is open to applicants from both North American and non-North American institutions.” Deadline for applications is April 30, 2016. For more information, go to:

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