Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2016

Indicators of School Crime and Safety is a joint publication of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This annual report provides detailed statistics about current aspects of crime and safety in schools and colleges. This 19th edition includes the most recent available data, compiled from a number of statistical data sources from federal government.

https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2017064

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2017 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference Proposal/Demonstration Deadline Approaching

The 2017 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference “Educators Run on Data” will take place Tuesday, August 1–Thursday, August 3, 2017 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

https://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/?id=2681

Please be mindful about these approaching deadlines:

  • Friday, May 12, 2017: Deadline to submit a concurrent session or demonstration proposal.
  • Friday, June 30, 2017: Deadline to make reservations at The Mayflower Hotel.
  • Friday, July 7, 2017: Pre-registration closes.
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American National Election Studies 2016 Time Series Data Released – April 5, 2017

The American National Election Studies (ANES) just released the 2016 Time Series Study. Face-to-face and Internet interviews with over 4,200 American citizens were conducted for 2016. There was a pre-election survey between Sept. 7 and Nov. 7, 2016 and a post-election survey between Nov. 9 and Jan. 8, 2017. This latest survey posed new questions on issues such as outsourcing, policing, political correctness, LGBT issues, gender issues, social mobility, economic inequality, campaign finance and international affairs. www.electionstudies.org

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Medicaid Waiver Dataset: Coverage for Childless Adults 1996–2014 – March 29, 2017

This new study was added to DISC Online Archive. It identifies the presence and characteristics of Medicaid coverage for adults without dependent children for each state in the U.S. and the District of Columbia. http://www.disc.wisc.edu/archive/Medicaid/index.html

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2015 American Housing Survey Data Release – March 29, 2017

The microdata and codebook for the 2015 American Housing Survey were released by the U.S. Census Bureau on March 29, 2017. This release  includes the National Public Use File and the Metropolitan Public Use File.  https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/cb17-tps24.html

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IPUMS Has a New Look

IPUMS portal (https://www.ipums.org/) has a new look.  Updates and new features have been added to IPUMS data projects. Visitors can still access their data and data tools free of charge but will find it is easier to access their projects and find tutorials.

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DataLumos at ICPSR

DataLumos (https://www.datalumos.org/datalumos/) is an open-access repository newly established at ICPSR.  The public can recommend government data resources to be archived in DataLumos.  The public can directly deposit valuable government data resources related to social sciences in this new data repository.  DataLumos is designed to save data, and make them accessible and discoverable. It compliments DataRefuge project (https://www.datarefuge.org/) but is not part of it. DataLumos has not relation to data.gov (https://www.data.gov/).

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IASSIST Responded to President Trump's Executive Order on Visas and Immigration

The International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) issued a statement in response to President Trump’s executive order on visas and immigration on February 13, 2017.  IASSIST is an international organization of professionals working in and with information technology, libraries, data services and research & higher education to support open science, advocate for responsible data management and use, build a broader community surrounding research data, and encourage the development of data professionals.

http://iassistdata.org/blog/iassists-statement-response-president%E2%80%99s-executive-order-visas-and-immigration

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Public Data in the Time of Alternative Facts

On January 25, 2017 the Trump Administration mandated that his political appointees review studies or data from scientists at the Environmental Protection (EPA) before they can be released to the public. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (R-Arizon) introduced bills S. 103 and H.482 respectively in the Congress. These two bills are very similar and are both called the Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017 which specify that, “no federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize or provide access to a federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.” Consumers of public data are troubled by these two events. A group of activists have started to save and preserve data from the Federal Agencies’ websites. Andrew Battista’s blog (http://data-services.hosting.nyu.edu/saving-data-preservation-during-political-turmoil/) on January 26, 2017 gave an account of these data rescue efforts. The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) issued an Occasional Note (http://www.copafs.org/UserFiles/file/OccasionalNotefromCOPAFS31Jan2017.pdf) on January 31, 2017.  COPAFS’ 300,000 individual researchers, educators, public health professionals, civic groups, and businesses all rely on the quality and accessibility of statistics collected by the federal government. COPAFS and its members will engage new Cabinet appointees in the Trump Administration and members of the 115th Congress by informing and educating them about the value of data gathered by the federal statistical agencies. Meanwhile there is an increasing number of articles written to support public data in our democracy. For example, John Pullinger wrote a wonderful article (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/31/post-truth-statistics-data-facts) in the Guardian to demonstrate the importance of statistics in a “post truth” world.

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ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

Over 80 courses will be offered in four-week sessions and three-to-five day workshops this summer. A complete list of four-week courses in two sessions (June 26 – July 21 and July 24- August 18) are available from ICPSR Summer Program website. Registration  will open up on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Please contact sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu for any questions related to 2017 ICPSR Summer Program.

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/

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