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A description of the services offered to UNCG faculty, staff, and students.

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  • 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. <br /> <br /> 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 a download? <br /> <br /> First: Many PDFs <br /> <br /> A copy of the actual questionnaire – it’s not pretty! <br /> A copy of the codebook – much more attractive & it contains frequencies! <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> Second: The actual data file(s) <br /> <br /> System files for SAS, SPSS, & Stata <br /> ASCII files – straight-up data file and/or Setups files for SAS, SPSS, Stata
  • What’s in the collection? <br /> Resources using data in the ICPSR holdings as the primary data source <br /> Resources using ICPSR data in a comparison with the primary dataset investigated <br /> Resources "about" an ICPSR dataset or study series.
  • Tool for teaching <br /> Research Methods: <br /> Concept operationalization <br /> Effect of question wording, context, and answer categories on variable distributions <br /> Substantive classes: <br /> Cultural / social changes reflected in different question wordings, or elicited answers (longitudinal or time series data) <br /> Current content: <br /> 2,602 studies (48 percent of ICPSR holdings with data and setups) <br /> 6,493 datasets <br /> Approx. 1.7 million variables <br /> Continues to grow by including <br /> All new releases, if suitable <br /> Retrofits as made available by small-scale projects

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  • 1. Data Services at UNCG Lynda Kellam,
  • 2.  Supporting data discovery  Data Portal:  UNCG’s Dataland: Services
  • 3.  Data Instruction  Finding government statistics and data  Using specific resources such as ICPSR or SimplyMap  Data Consultations  One-on-one assistance distinguishing between sources of data for research projects. Services
  • 4.  Data Acquisitions  Identifying general use data sets to acquire.  Relevancy and demand: The primary consideration for acquisition will be relevance to research and teaching needs at UNCG.  Physical format of data  Duplication  Authority of data  Accessibility Cost Services
  • 5. Assist users in acquiring freely available data in conjunction with the library liaison. Attempt to purchase data sets for UNCG researchers dependent upon funding and the Library’s ability to comply with license and use restrictions. Policies
  • 6. Methodological questions or data analysis and interpretation are not in the scope of the Library's Data Services. The Library does not support GIS but offers GIS-lite products such as SimplyMap. Policies
  • 7.  The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  ICPSR’s mission is to: Collect and preserve research data. Disseminate data for further analysis and instruction by researchers, scholars and instructors. Serve as a leading quantitative analysis training resource.  Access ICPSR from the Database list. ICPSR
  • 8.  One of the world’s oldest and largest social science data archives, est. 1962  Seek research data and pertinent documents from researchers  Process and preserve the data and documents  Disseminate data  Provide education, training, & instructional resources What does ICPSR do?
  • 9.  Write articles, papers, or theses using research data  Conduct secondary research to support findings of current research or to generate new findings  Use as intro material in grant proposals  Preserve/disseminate primary research data  Fulfill data management plan (grant) requirements  Study or teach quantitative methods Why People Use ICPSR?
  • 10.  National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health  General Social Surveys (1972-2010 Cumulative)  National Survey on Drug Use and Health  World Handbook of Political & Social Indicators III  National Survey of Midlife Development in the US  Chinese Household Income Project  American National Election Study: 2008 Pre- and Post-Election Survey  Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study  Globalization Comparative Panel Dataset  India Human Development Survey Most Popular ICPSR Downloads this Past Year:
  • 11. ICPSR Web site
  • 12. Data Tools to Find & Analyze Data
  • 13. The Study Home Page
  • 14. What’s in an ICPSR “Download?”  Documentation files - pdfs  Questionnaire  Codebook  Description & Citation  Data in many forms!  SPSS, SAS, Stata  ASCII
  • 15.  MyData account – operates as authentication and like a shopping cart!  Authenticate once every six months on campus and you can carry it with you “Shopping” for Data: The MyData Account
  • 16. A searchable database . . . containing over 62,500 citations of known published and unpublished works resulting from analyses of data archived at ICPSR  Works are associated with their relevant study…  Example: The Structure of Southern Electoral Behavior  Example: Southern Political Party Activists The Bibliography of Data-related Literature
  • 17. Enables ICPSR users to:  Search & Compare Variables across datasets  Assists in:  Data discovery  Comparison/harmonization projects  Data harvesting & data analysis  Question mining for designing new research  Research methods & substantive courses instruction The Social Science Variables Database at ICPSR
  • 18. Analyze & Compare Variables
  • 19. Interested in Online Datasets? “View SDA Studies”
  • 20. SDA Output Gender variable by occasions smoked marijuana variable
  • 21.  Instruction on the tools and practices needed to analyze data  For those with math phobia and those with advanced analysis skills  3-5 day workshops and 4-8 week courses  Primarily held at Univ of Mich.  Some courses on other campuses  ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods
  • 22. Bringing Data Into the Classroom • Studies with learning guides • Latino vs. Hispanic Debate • Body Image, Gender, and School Experience in Adolescence
  • 23. Online Modules
  • 24.  Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA)  National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)  National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP)  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)  Resource Center for Minority Data Archives within ICPSR
  • 25.  Research paper competitions -- a research journal experience & cash prizes!  Paid student internships focusing on investigating social sciences research Research Opportunities for Students
  • 26.  Explore the website -  Sign up for our email announcements -  “Like” ICPSR on Facebook/follow ICPSR on Twitter  Attend or view our webinars (open to the public!)  Contact user support –  Contact your Official Representative – For More Info on ICPSR:
  • 27. The Statement Heard Round the Research World
  • 28.  The National Science Foundation has released a requirement for proposal submissions regarding the management of data generated using NSF support. Starting in January, 2011, all proposals must include a data management plan (DMP).  The plan should be short, no more than two pages, and will be submitted as a supplementary document. The plan will need to address two main topics:  What data are generated by your research?  What is your plan for managing the data? Data Management
  • 29. ICPSR’s DMP Web Site
  • 30.  My data management site:  DMPTool: template for DMP  Archive your data for free through NC DOCKS using the Odum Institute’s Dataverse site  Contact Lynda if you are interested! Local Data Management Resources
  • 31. Questions? Email: