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.


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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.


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2017 ICPSR Summer Program Scholarships

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program runs from June 26 to July 21 (the first four-week session) and July 24 to August 18 (the second four-week Session). There are several scholarships offering funds to support training in statistics, quantitative methods, research design, and data analysis. These scholarships cover registration fees for one or both four-week sessions. The application deadline for all 2017 ICPSR Summer Program scholarships is March 31, 2017.


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2016: A Year of Great Progress in Qualitative Data Archiving and Exchange – January 9, 2017

This blog describes the UK Data Service’s progress in archiving and sharing qualitative data. UK Data Service has built a collection of over one thousand qualitative and mixed methods datasets. It continues to advocate for data export and exchange to the software vendors.

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An Overview of the 2017 ICPSR Summer Program – January 9, 2016

ICPSR will host a webinar on January 30, 2017 at 2 PM EST to introduce its 2017 Summer Program. The ICPSR Summer Program offers a broad curriculum ranging from introductory statistics and data analysis to advanced methods and cutting-edge techniques. To register for this webinar, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4396124944541958402

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Release of 2015 American Housing Survey Metropolitan Areas Summary Tables – January 9, 2016

HUD and the Census Bureau has released metropolitan area summary tables from the 2015 American Housing Survey. It includes summary tables for the 15 largest metropolitan areas and 10 additional large metropolitan areas. The 2015 AHS provides statistics on housing quality, housing cost, and neighborhood assets.

The data is available via the AHS Table Creator http://tinyurl.com/zsd47ej

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China and US Map Library Online – January 3, 2017

China Data Center at the University of Michigan will host a webinar to introduce a new product, China and US Map Library Online on January 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST. This new product provides online statistical maps on population, economy, geography, environment, education, health, industries, and business of the U.S. and China. To register for this free webinar, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5412910416955633410.

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New IPUMS data collection — December 1, 2016

“The Minnesota Population Center has released a new data project: IPUMS Higher Ed. IPUMS Higher Ed is composed of three National Science Foundation surveys of college degree holders in the United States: the National Survey of College Graduates, the Survey of Doctorate Recipients, and the National Survey of Recent College Graduates.” Data can be accessed at:



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Country Statistical Yearbook Library Guide – Nov. 17, 2016

The Data and Information Service Center’s Country Statistical Yearbook Library Guide continues to be the second most heavily accessed Guide on the campus library system. The Yearbook Library Guide contains links to “country statistical yearbooks or similar collections (census, “facts and figures,” etc.) for 154 countries and NGO organizations worldwide.”


To access the Yearbook library guide go to:



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