Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DataRescue @RTP

Please help us save federal housing and education data at risk of disappearing under the current administration! Join us for
DataRescue RTP
June 10 & 11, 2017 10:00am-2:00pm | National Humanities Center

Organized by DataRescue Chapel Hill and the National Humanities Center, DataRescue RTP aims to preserve online government data related to housing and education programs. We are focusing on datasets identified as being at high risk for removal from online public access. While the Internet Archive has preserved copies of many government websites, it is unable to archive websites, it is unable to preserve the datasets. The datasets in particular provide researchers, journalists and every day citizens with information and data paid for by tax dollars. DataRescue events are a key piece in ensuring that these datasets are copied. The Internet Archive, DataRefuge and a consortium of research libraries hold these copies and keep them available for public access.
This event is open to volunteers from all backgrounds and technical abilities. Following a workflow developed by EDGI and the DataRefuge project, together we will archive trustworthy copies of government data. 

Who should volunteer?
We’re looking for people who are knowledgable about housing and educational research areas, data scientists, hackers, archivists, librarians, writers, web designers, people with good communication skills, and anyone else who is eager to help.

How do I sign up?
If you are interested in helping to organize, coordinate and/or volunteer for the RTP DataRescue, please sign up here. Indicate on the form what role/team you would like to volunteer for at the event. Descriptions of teams and roles can be found on the registration form and on the event website

If you have any further questions, email Sangeeta Desai at DataRescueRTP@gmail.com. 
 What should I bring?A laptop and a charger. Lunch will be provided by the National Humanities Center.
Where do I go?
The National Humanities Center is located at 7 T.W. Alexander Drive in Research Triangle Park. A map and directions are available here.

Please feel free to circulate this announcement widely.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Summer Series on Quantitative Methodology

From the Quantitative Methodology Series (QMS):

The 3rd Annual Summer Series on Quantitative Methodology is scheduled for May 23-25, and features four half-day workshops: Regression Analysis I, Regression Analysis II, Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis and Introduction to Resampling Methods.
The workshops are free and open to all UNCG faculty, staff and students.

Workshop details and registration information is available here: http://www.uncg.edu/mat/qms/

Thursday, February 23, 2017

DataRescue at UNC Chapel Hill

UNC Chapel Hill is hosting a DataRescue event on March 7, 2017 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm at the Research Hub in Davis Library, 208 Raleigh St.

These projects work "to preserve online information and data related to climate change and environmental programs that are identified as high risk for removal from online public access or even deleted". You can see more information at http://datarescue.web.unc.edu/

Friday, February 17, 2017

Name and website changes at IPUMS

The IPUMS Team has some upcoming changes!
Exciting changes are coming to IPUMS. Over the next week, we will launch updated websites for all our data projects as well as new features on our portal, ipums.org.
Along with the new look of these sites, some of our projects have new names. Now all our projects are IPUMS projects: they deliver census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space.
Don’t be confused by the new names and the new look: we’re still offering the same free data and data tools. Website navigation and extraction remain the same. We recommend you visit the new ipums.org. We have made it easier to access all our data projects and to find video tutorials, online learning modules, and assistance from IPUMS staff. You will also find information on events and workshops, a blog feed, and social links to make it easier for you to stay connected with IPUMS.

Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The ICPSR Summer Program provides basic and advanced instruction across a wide range of methodologies and techniques for research in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Our courses emphasize the integration of methodological strategies with the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive issues.
In 2017, the ICPSR Summer Program is offering more than 80 courses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and other cities across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. To view our full schedule and register, visit icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog

Four-Week Sessions
An immersive learning experience, our four-week sessions allow you to focus on developing new methodological tools while building a community of friends, collaborators, mentors, and future colleagues. Our four-week courses cover introductory, intermediary, and advanced instruction in almost every area of methodology, from basic statistics to advanced Bayesian analysis and advanced multilevel modeling. Our four-week sessions also feature supplemental lectures and talks on important professional topics, such as data reproducibility, research transparency, and methodological issues related to the study of race, ethnicity, and gender. Our four-week sessions take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan; in 2017, the First Session runs from June 26 to July 21, and the Second Session runs from July 24 to August 18.

Short Workshops
For those wanting to learn a specific methodological technique in just a few days, the ICPSR Summer Program will offer more than 40 short workshops from May through August in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and other cities around the world. The 2017 short workshop schedule includes a wide range of quantitative courses, from introductory-level material to advanced, cutting-edge statistical techniques, as well as workshops on strategies for reproducing research results, machine learning, qualitative and mixed research methods, the R statistical computing environment, and text analytics.

SCHOLARSHIPSICPSR scholarships provide a tuition waiver of registration fees for the ICPSR Summer Program. The application deadline for all 2017 ICPSR scholarships is Friday, March 31, 2017.


Contact the ICPSR Summer Program at sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu or (734) 763-7400.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Submit your research for an IPUMS award today!

Have you used the IPUMS microdata collection? Enter the IPUMS paper award competition today! If you aren't familiar with the IPUMS data, take a look! It's a whole new world of data.

Our 9th annual competition for the best research papers using the IPUMS microdata collection is still accepting nominations. Papers or publications submitted should utilize IPUMS USA, IPUMS CPS, IPUMS International, NAPP, or IHIS to study social, economic, and/or demographic processes. Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories:

  • Best published work
  • Best work by a graduate student (published or unpublished)

To nominate a paper for an award (including self-nominations), please e-mail a PDF of the paper to mpc@umn.edu with the subject line "IPUMS Research Award Submission." In order to be considered for a cash prize, all emails must contain the following information:

  1. Author's Name
  2. Author's E-mail Address
  3. Full Citation
  4. IPUMS dataset(s) used for the research (IPUMS USA, IPUMS CPS, IPUMS International, NAPP, or IHIS)
  5. Note whether or not the author is a graduate student

Deadline for submission is Monday, February 13, 2017. Submit yours today.

IPUMS Project Team
Minnesota Population Center
University of Minnesota

Friday, January 27, 2017


The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is offering funds to support training in statistics, quantitative methods, research design, and data analysis.

The following ICPSR Summer Program Scholarships are open to advanced graduate students (unless stated otherwise) in the specified disciplines, fields, or areas of research.  All ICPSR Summer Program scholarships cover registration fees for one or both four-week sessions in the 2017 ICPSR Summer Program. The application deadline for all 2017 ICPSR Summer Program scholarships is March 31, 2017. For more information, visit icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog

  • Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship: Open to graduate students in Political Science & Sociology
  • Jerome M. Clubb Scholarship: Open to graduate students in Quantitative History or related fields
  • Eugene Owen Scholarship: Open to advanced graduate students, pre-tenure scholars, assistant professors, and advanced scientists from any academic discipline researching cross-national differences in education and teaching
  • Scholarship for Developmental, Child, & Family Psychology: Open to graduate students pursuing research in child development and family psychology
  • Scholarship for Education Research: Open to graduate students pursuing research on education issues 
  • Scholarship for Public Administration, Public Policy, and Public Affairs: Open to graduate students and pre-tenure scholars in the areas of public administration, public policy, or public affairs
  • Warren E. Miller Scholarship: Open to advanced graduate students, pre-tenure scholars, and assistant professors researching electoral and political behavior, either in the U.S. or in a comparative context
  • Henry (Hank) Heitowit Scholarship: Open to graduate students, instructors, faculty, or researchers regardless of specific substantive field or academic discipline who have previously attended the ICPSR Summer Program

The following ICPSR Summer Program scholarships are awarded by organizations outside of ICPSR. These scholarships also cover registration fees for one or both of the 2017 four-week sessions.

  • EITM Certification Scholarships: Awarded by EITM to graduate students in Political Science. Application deadline: January 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST. For more information, visit http://eitminstitute.org/scholarship.html
  • Janet Box-Steffensmeier & John A. Garcia Scholarships: Awarded by the Society for Political Methodology to women & under-represented graduate students enrolled in Political Science PhD programs. Application deadline: March 31, 2017. For more information, visit http://polmeth.wustl.edu/scholarship.php
  • Hanes Walton, Jr. Award for Quantitative Methods Training: Awarded by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists to faculty and graduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as to women and minority graduate students and faculty at other institutions. Application deadline TBA. For more information, visit http://www.ncobps.org/