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2013 ICPSR Data Services


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2013 ICPSR Data Services

  1. 1. An Introduction to ICPSRData ServicesSpring 2013
  2. 2. Introduction• ICPSR’s Elevator Story– What is an “ICPSR”– Why do people use ICPSR• ICPSR Website– The Study Home Page– Data Tools• ICPSR in Education• Other Data Services
  3. 3. • One of the world’s oldest and largest socialscience data archives, est. 1962• Data distributed on punch cards, then reel-to-reel tape, now:– Data available on demand– Over 8,200 studies with over 68,700 data sets• Membership organization among 21universities, now:– Currently about 735 members world-wide– Federal funding of public collectionsWhat is ICPSR?- Then and Now -
  4. 4. What We Do – It’s About Data!• Seek research data andpertinent documents fromresearchers (PIs, researchagencies, government)• Process and preserve thedata and documents• Disseminate data• Provide education, training,& instructional resources
  5. 5. Why People Use ICPSR• Write articles, papers, or theses using realresearch data• Conduct secondary research to support findingsof 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
  6. 6. Supporting a growing number ofdisciplines•Health & Medical Policy•History•International Relations•Law/Legal Services•Political Sciences•Psychology•Public Policy•Sociology•Anthropology•Business/Economics•Communications•Criminal Justice•Demography•Education•Foreign Policy•Gerontology
  7. 7. We are Not Alone!Another Acronym: CESSDACouncil of European Social Science Data Archives
  8. 8. Niche Archives• ARDA – Association of Religion Data Archives:• The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research:
  9. 9. Back to ICPSR - Most Popular Downloads this Past Year:• 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-ElectionSurvey• Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study• Globalization Comparative Panel Dataset• India Human Development Survey
  10. 10. Volumes of Activity• 8,200 studies: 68,700 datasets: 585,000 filesavailable for download– 1,078 restricted studies (5,655 datasets)• FY 2012– 1,172,304 datasets downloaded– 35,345 active MyData accounts– 416,550 unique website visits– 1,027 Summer Program attendees
  11. 11. What’s in a “Download?”• Documentation files - pdfs– Questionnaire– Codebook– Description & Citation• Data in many forms!– SPSS, SAS, Stata– ASCII
  12. 12. “Shopping” for Data: The MyData Account• MyData account – operates as authentication and like ashopping cart!• Authenticate once every six months on campus and youcan carry it with you
  13. 13. Supporting the Data• Free user support• The HELP Page offers:– User support (at ICPSR) email and phone contactinformation– Data User Help Center: Short Tutorials & Webinarsavailable 24/7– Local Support: Who to contact at your local institution– Glossary of Terms– Social Networks: Where you can find us on YouTube,Facebook, Twitter, Slideshare, and more
  14. 14. The “Front Office”
  15. 15. Our Front Office: ICPSR Web site
  16. 16. The Challenge – Hoards of Data & MetadataHow does one make sense of:• 8,200 studies• 68,700 datasets• 585,000 files• Millions of variables• 62,500 bibliographic citations
  17. 17. Data Tools to Find & Analyze Data
  18. 18. The Study Home Page
  19. 19. It’s really a searchable database . . .containing over 62,500 citations of known publishedand unpublished works resulting from analyses ofdata archived at ICPSR. . .that can generate study bibliographiesassociating each study with the literature about it. . . Included in the integrated searchon the ICPSR Web siteThe Bibliography of Data-related Literature
  20. 20. Demonstrating the Impact of Research
  21. 21. The Social Science Variables Database at ICPSREnables ICPSR users to:• Search & Compare Variables acrossdatasets• Assists in:– Data discovery– Comparison/harmonization projects– Data harvesting & data analysis– Question mining for designing new research– Research methods & substantive coursesinstruction
  22. 22. Analyze & Compare Variables
  23. 23. Interested in Online Datasets?“View SDA Studies”
  24. 24. SDA Output
  25. 25. ICPSR in Education
  26. 26. ICPSR Summer Program in QuantitativeMethods• Instruction on the tools and practices needed to analyze data• For those with math phobia and those with advanced analysisskills• 3-5 day workshops and 4-8 week courses• Primarily held in Ann Arbor, MI,on the campus of The Universityof Michigan, but some courseson other campuses also•
  27. 27. Bringing Data Into the Classroom• Easy to use features of ICPSR’s Website in classes– Social Science Variables Database– Bibliography of Data-Related Literature– SDA• Additionally, in partnership with teaching faculty, ICPSR hasdeveloped:– Short Exercises – the DDLGs– Online teaching modules– Online tutorials– Student research opportunities
  28. 28. Bringing Data Into the Classroom
  29. 29. Online Modules
  30. 30. Research Opportunities for Students– Research papercompetitions -- aresearch journalexperience & cashprizes!– Paid student internshipsfocusing oninvestigating socialsciences research
  31. 31. Data Services
  32. 32. ICPSR Data Hosting ServicesFrom Full-Service Archives To Al a Carte DataManagement• Data (website) hosting• Preservation• Data Sharing & Impact• Data Outreach &Engagement• Data security & tracking
  33. 33. The Statement Heard Round theResearch World:• The National Science Foundation has released a newrequirement for proposal submissions regarding themanagement of data generated using NSF support. Starting inJanuary, 2011, all proposals must include a data managementplan (DMP).• The plan should be short, no more than two pages, and will besubmitted as a supplementary document. The plan will need toaddress two main topics:– What data are generated by your research?– What is your plan for managing the data?
  34. 34. ICPSR’s DMP Web Site
  35. 35. Guidelines for Download
  36. 36. Data Services in Development
  37. 37. Secure Data Services - Restricted-use Data• Potential increase in demand for datamanagement services as a result ofgrant/contract requirements• Increase in demand for processing, analysis, anddistribution of sensitive data• Resulted in improvements focused on securecomputing and data sharing environments atICPSR
  38. 38. Three Avenues of Security• Public-Use (on demand) and Restricted-Use (datause agreement)• Secure Computing in the Cloud• Onsite ‘physical’ data enclave
  39. 39. The Visual
  40. 40. For More Info:• 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!)• Find our presentations on –user: icpsr• Contact user support –