Orientation to the China Data Center at the University of Michigan Webinar

On December 3, 2015, the University of Michigan will host a webinar designed to provide an introduction to the new China Data Center. “A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system, where spatial and temporal references are maintained through a relational database.”

To register for the event, at no cost, go to:


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New link to International Financial Statistics – September 24, 2015

A new link to the International Financial Statistics database at the International Monetary Fund can be found in the “Shortcut to Selected Data Sources” pick list on the DISC homepage.

Please note that you will need to register for an account with IMF in order to utilize the International Financial Statistics database. Registration is free. However, please be aware that you will receive an email from IMF that you must respond to in order to complete the registration process.

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Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Moving to Cornell University

The Board of Directors for the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research has announced that the Center will be moving from the University of Connecticut to Cornell University. The move will occur on November 7, 2015. For more information about this change, please go to:


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University of Wisconsin Research Data Center Inaugural Workshop – Sept. 21, 2015

The purpose of this workshop is to highlight “new opportunities this facility provides to the campus social sciences, business, law, and public health communities.” The workshop will be held at Union South on Sept. 21, 2015 (1pm-5:30pm). Please note that registration is required. For more information about the workshop, go to:


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National Establishment Time-Series (NETS) Database

The National Establishment Time-Series (NETS) Database provides information on mobility patterns, employment and sales growth performance, job creation and destruction, business startups and failures, changes in primary markets, corporate affiliations, and much more for over thirty two million establishments in the United States. NETS time series covers from 1992 to 2013 (the most recent year). The UW Madison campus research and outreach community has free and unlimited access to NETS data through UW Extension’s Division of Business and Entrepreneurship and its Business Dynamics Research Consortium. Data access for off-campus researchers is limited to small samples with sample-size based pricing following terms of the data creators, Walls and Associates.

For more information about the NETS database, go to:


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ICSPR Data Training Webinar – May 27, 2015

ICSPR is presenting a data training webinar entitled “Early Head Start Family and Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) 2009 Data Training.” The webinar is scheduled for 1:30pm EDT on May 27, 2015.  To register for the webinar, and for more information about the session, go to:


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Russell Sage Foundation Call for Papers

The Russell Sage Foundation has issued a request for submission of article for a special issue of the Journal of the Social Sciences. The theme of the issue is “Wealth Inequality: Sources, Consequences, and Responses.” Authors interested in contributing to this issue are being asked to submit a CV and an abstract of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on June 12, 2015.

For more information about the topics to be addressed in this issue, the process of selecting articles, and a link for submitting a abstract, go to:


The editors ask that all questions regarding this call for papers be address to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at journals@rsage.org.

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ICPSR has announced a May 4 webinar entitled “Creating a Harmonized Custom Data Extract for MIDUS using DDI 3.2.”  The MIDUS (Midlife in the United States)  study has been using DDI for “nearly 10 years” to help document and provide access to over 20 years of study data. In 2013, MIDUS received an NIA grant to upgrade it’s “infrastructure to DDI 3.2, and to create a harmonized extraction system.” “This presentation will explain the rationale, methods, and results of the project. ”

To register for this webinar, to to:


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Long term impacts caused by changes to the Canadian Census

In June 2010, the Canadian Parliament decided to eliminate the required long form census questionnaire, and instead switch to an optional survey. Al Jazerra America has published an article entitled “What happened when Canada stopped counting its numbers,” by Leyland Cecco which examines the impact that this decision has had on social science, economic, and health research in Canada. The article highlights the impact that the decision has had on a variety of research projects in Canada, and the problems that researchers have when concerns about personal privacy impacts the need to monitor important societal trends.


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openICPSR becomes Recommended Data Repository

Scientific Data, “an open access journal from Nature Publishing Group that aids discoverability, citation, and reuse of research data,” has recommended that openICPSR will be an officially recommended data repository. For more information about this, please see the ICPSR News blog post at:


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