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

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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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North American DDI User Conference [NADDI] – April 8-10, 2015

The North American DDI User Conference [NADDI]  will be held April 8-10, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The theme of this years conference is “Research Data Management: Enhancing Discoverability with Open Metadata Standards.” The conference is being hosted by the University of Wisconsin Institute on Aging. For more information about the conference, including links to registering, go to:

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NAHDAP Summer Workshop (June 22-24, 2015)

The National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) is hosting a session at the ICPSR Summer Program entitled “Secondary Data Analysis and the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP).” The workshop will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan (June 22-24, 2015). The deadline to apply for the program is May 3, 2015. For more information about the course go to:

Registration for the session is available at the ICSPR Summer Program Portal:

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2015 ICPSR Summer Program Scholarships

ICPSR is now accepting applications for fee-waiving scholarships to attend the 2015 ICPSR Summer Program. These scholarships are designed to assist graduate students or pre-tenure scholars who want to attend one of the Summer Programs two four-week session. “The selection process for each scholarship is highly competitive. Preference is given to advanced PhD students who are focusing on methodology and statistical analysis, unless stated otherwise in a specific scholarship description.” The deadline for applications is April 30, 2015. For more information about the types of scholarships available, go to:

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ICPSR Summer Program Five-day Workshop (July 27-31, 2015)

The five-day workshop – Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-Use – is scheduled for July 27-31, 2015. “Instructors Louise Corti (UK Data Archive), Jared Lyle (ICPSR), and Veerle Van den Eynden (UK Data Archive) will discuss best practices and tools for data curation, from selecting and preparing data for archiving to optimizing and promoting data for reuse. ICPSR social science quantitative datasets and UK Data Archive qualitative and cross-disciplinary data collections will serve as case studies and participants will track the datasets as they make their way through the data assessment, review, processing and curation pipeline.

Participants will learn about and gain proficiency in the full range of life cycle activities: data review and preparation; confidential data management; effective documentation practices; how to create, comply with, and evaluate required data management plans; digital repository requirements and assessment; and running user support and promotional activities for data. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exercises demonstrating curation practices and on discussion for sharing local experiences and learning from others. Additional context and expertise will be provided through invited keynote lectures by research data experts.” For more information about this workshop, go to:

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