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ICPSR Workshop Template - 2012/13

ICPSR Workshop Template - 2012/13



A template for campus presentations. Please feel free to customize to your needs - or contact us and we can broadcast via webinar to your institution.

A template for campus presentations. Please feel free to customize to your needs - or contact us and we can broadcast via webinar to your institution.



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  • As of September 2012, over 68,700 datasets (over 585,000 files) available for download. As a sense of volume of downloads, total downloads for FY 2012 = over 1,172,304 datasets downloaded/accessed (4,765,641).Also in FY2012 – about 35,345 (19,600 members) MyData accounts downloaded/accessed something – were active.
  • ICPSR supports students, faculty, researchers, and policymakers.
  • Archiving and sharing data is a global activity.
  • There are a number of niche archives. These archives tend to focus on a substantive area or topic and put really cools tools around them.
  • Downloads for the period July 2011 - June 2012
  • We keep talking about “the download.” What’s in a download anyway?First: Many PDFsA copy of the actual questionnaire – it’s not pretty!A copy of the codebook – much more attractive & it contains frequencies!Description & Citation: essentially, the data about the data (metadata) as well as the data citation you are to use when citing the dataset as a source.Second: The actual data file(s)System files for SAS, SPSS, & StataASCII files – straight-up data file and/or Setups files for SAS, SPSS, Stata
  • As you seen, ICPSR doesn’t just deliver data. We surround that data with tools and services that support its use and interpretation.
  • This is the front office for ICPSR employees.
  • This is the front office for our customers!FIND & ANALYZE DATA: this is the page where you can find several tools to help you find/browse data (you can also use the search box in the center of the Find Data page). The Search/Compare Variables link enables you to examine and compare variables and questions across studies or series.Find publications enables you to search (or submit!) citations for works that use ICPSR data as part of analysis.Resources for students covers information on the research paper competition and our paid internships.You’ll find links to our thematic collections (also known as our special topic archives or projects) in the left-hand pane. MEMBERSHIP IN ICPSR: this page contains all the information about the consortium (history, mission, staff overview, careers, and contact information). This area contains the list of members and a list of partners. You’ll find our subscribed Email Lists here – important if you are interested in our webinars, summer program, or other news about the consortium. Need printed promotional materials on ICPSR or templates for workshops? – see the Promoting ICPSRlink.DEPOSIT DATA: this page is for those interested in depositing data at ICPSR or preparing data in good form for long term preservation. Also, links to discussion of protection of respondent confidentiality are found here.ICPSR Summer Program: contains information on the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods including course descriptions, fees, and registration.RESOURCES FOR INSTRUCTORS: contains short data-driven exercises and modules, resources for students (careers/internships information), and links to other data-related teaching resources.DATA MANAGEMENT: describes ICPSR's practices in selection and appraisal of data, ingest, access and dissemination, and disaster planning. Provides information on digital preservation, data management plans and data citations.CONTACT US: information on contacting various ICPSR staff is found by clicking on the “Contact” link at the bottom of each page.
  • The Study Home Page is also a great “search” strategy. Click into any study, and you will find all the information we have been able to gather about the study.Use the Summary for a quick review, then click into the “view details” to understand the full scope of the research – methodology, survey type, sampling, scope, geography, subject terms used to tag the dataset, PI, and much more. You’ll also find a link to all of the journal articles, reports, and presentations we’ve been able to link to the dataset (where the data was used as part of the analysis within the article). This is a great way to understand whether this data is for you.
  • What’s in the collection?Resources using data in the ICPSR holdings as the primary data sourceResources using ICPSR data in a comparison with the primary dataset investigatedResources "about" an ICPSR dataset or study series.
  • Know of reports, articles, publications connected to our data? Contact us!
  • Tool for teachingResearch Methods:Concept operationalizationEffect of question wording, context, and answer categories on variable distributionsSubstantive classes:Cultural / social changes reflected in different question wordings, or elicited answers (longitudinal or time series data)Current content:2,602 studies (48 percent of ICPSR holdings with data and setups)6,493 datasetsApprox. 1.7 million variablesContinues to grow by includingAll new releases, if suitableRetrofits as made available by small-scale projects
  • ICPSR is working with Berkeley to render SDA in a format that will allow us to customize the appearance of the interface and results.View SDA studies here: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/access/sda.jsp Over 725 as of Fall 2011.
  • Gender variable by occasions smoked marijuana variable
  • Instructional materials are another way to “share” research data – in addition to educating the next generation.
  • Exploring Data Through Research LiteratureDesigned to teach quantitative research methods to undergraduates in a different way. Integrates ICPSR bibliography of data related literatureinto teaching students how make their way from ideas to empirical work to literature and back. Suitable for both research methods and other substantive courses requiring empirical researchhttp://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/EDRL/index.jspInvestigating Community and Social CapitalUses 3 data sets including the General Social Survey, DDB Needham Life Style Surveys, and State-level data to reproduce findings from Robert Putnam’s Bowling AloneTeaches how to browse codebooks, devise and execute crosstabulations, and use summary statistics Helps teach replication of scientific evidence http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ICSC/index.htmlSETUPSUses the 2008 National Election Study to understand voting behavior (2004 also available)Provides substantive background, terms and descriptions, and embedded exercises to allow users to get through simple exploratory analyses of political behavior. Builds crosstabular exercises based on various questions about the 2008 Presidential elections. www.icpsr.umich.edu/SETUPS2008
  • While most of our current archive ‘collections’ are full-service (onsite staff process and disseminate data onsite using our full infrastructure), and increasing number of projects are using ‘pieces’ of our services.
  • Explore live.Note that recording of DMP webinar is on this page.
  • 22 pages of guidelines and references even including a sample plan (boilerplate!) available for download.
  • Ingest refers to improvements in our internal (staff) computing systems – ICPSR has implemented secure data environment ensuring data (and research subjects) are protective at the moment the data arrives to our system.Application (contracting) and monitoring of the progress of the research and status of the data – the restricted contracting system assists research teams in submitting contracts and updating as team members change over the course of several years as the research continues. No more lost documents, including IRB approvals, as all are housed online in our secure cloud.Computing in the cloud – our external (data user) computing systems for distribution of data – our virtual data enclaves ensure the sponsor of the research that research subjects are protected while easing the data protection plan requirements for data analysts.
  • We are in the development phase of technology for disseminating video research data!

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