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With warm apple cider, the brilliant colors of fall, and a crisp chill in the air of Ann Arbor, it’s autumn at ICPSR and time for our fall edition of DataBytes!
Over 216 attendees from 131 institutions joined us for 17 webinar sessions September 26-29 to explore strategies in Navigating the Data (R)Evolution! The online sessions covered ICPSR data services from depositing to curation to accessing data, the benefits and challenges of open data and data curation, and several data projects hosted within ICPSR. Did you miss it? Recordings and presentation slides can be found on ICPSR's YouTube Channel as well as on the ICPSR Meeting website.
The ICPSR Summer Program is excited to announce its four-week session dates with the first session beginning June 26, 2017. More information, including workshop announcements, will become available soon. Visit theICPSR Summer Program website for the latest details!
ICPSR recently updated its website with large, high-definition imagery, use of infographics, and a grid-based layout. In addition, the landing page was constructed to provide a more personal experience for the user immediately highlighting ICPSR’s user communities, its sponsors, and its staff. Navigation and functionality were also enhanced. Come take a look! www.icpsr.umich.edu
Data in the Middle: The common language of research The 43rd annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) will be held in Lawrence, Kansas from May 23-26, 2017. Many issues around data (sources, strategies, and tools) are similar across disciplines. While IASSIST has its roots in social science data, it has also welcomed discussions over the years of other disciplines' issues as they relate to data, data management, and support of users. So again this year, organizers are arranging a conference that will benefit those who support researchers across all disciplines: social sciences, health and natural sciences, and humanities. Please join the international data community in Lawrence, KS, "in the middle" of the U.S., for insights and discussion on how data in all disciplines are found, shared, used, and managed. The full Call for Proposals, along with the link to the submission form, can be accessed on the conference website here: http://www.iassist17.dept.ku.edu/proposals/. Deadline: November 21, 2016
Attendees of the White House’s first Open Data Innovation Summit got a glimpse of a project called Open Data Flint Open Data Flint is an open-to-the-community data repository that aims to assist the community of Flint, Michigan, to bring together data to help build the evidence base to achieve a healthier Flint community and to gain a deeper understanding of the far-reaching impact of the water crisis on the Flint population.
ICPSR's Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA) recently updated its website. HMCA is the data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care in the United States. The data collections in HMCA include surveys of health care professionals and organizations, investigations of access to medical care, surveys on substance abuse, and evaluations of innovative programs for the delivery of health care.
The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is pleased to announce that non-US scholars are now available to apply for access to its more than 1,000 restricted use datasets. This means that curated data from such influential studies as the Project of Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) are no longer limited to applicants based in the United States. Under this new policy NACJD has already approved one application from Canada and looks forward to processing many more from qualified applicants around the world.
ICPSR invites submissions for the ICPSR 2017 Research Paper Competitions for undergraduates and master's students. The competitions award first place cash prizes of $1,000! And there is more: The ICPSR summer internship program provides undergraduate students with a unique and expansive research experience that introduces all aspects of social science research via a paid internship on the campus of The University of Michigan. See past ICPSR interns exhibit their research (see the left pane for still more past projects).
Invoices for the membership period beginning July 1, 2016, were mailed in April and were due on August 30. Thanks to the 80% of members who have already paid. Missing your invoice? Please contact us and help reduce the significant consortium resources typically dedicated to collecting unpaid membership fees!
ICPSR is thankful for another bountiful year full of new directions! ICPSR's 2015-2016 annual report is now available. The report documents another year in which ICPSR launched new archives and saw its membership grow.
ICPSR is seeking nominations of and applications from highly qualified candidates for the position of Associate Director of ICPSR, and for Director, Research Center for Minority Data. More information can be found at umjobs.org, and applications are due December 1, 2016, and October 31, 2016, respectively.
ICPSR welcomes and encourages deposits of digital data and offers a number of data sharing options that meeting agency, foundation, and institutional requirements for both public- and restricted-use data. Start sharing data today! Know of data that need to be shared? Please suggest data that ICPSR should archive.