Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New free resource: IPUMS Higher Ed

From the Minnesota Population Center:
The Minnesota Population Center has released a new data project: IPUMS Higher Ed. IPUMS Higher Ed offers harmonized versions of the surveys incorporated into the NSF Scientists and Engineers Statistical Database (SESTAT).
IPUMS Higher Ed is composed of three National Science Foundation surveys of college degree holders in the United States: the National Survey of College Graduates, the Survey of Doctorate Recipients, and the National Survey of Recent College Graduates. Only the respondents who have a degree in science or engineering (or related fields) or work in a science or engineering occupation are included in the SESTAT file for that year. 
The surveys in IPUMS Higher Ed collect data on education history, labor force status, employer and academic institution characteristics, income, and work activities. SESTAT data have been used previously to study a wide variety of topics, including gender differences in the labor force and the presence of immigrants in the U.S. science and engineering workforce. 
The data can be accessed at no cost at

Monday, November 28, 2016

Census Bureau's My Tribal Area

Preview a new Census Bureau tool called My Tribal Area and give feedback!

The U.S. Census Bureau is excited to release a preview of a new data tool called My Tribal Area. This Web application provides easy access to estimates that detail characteristics of the people, jobs, housing, economy, and educational levels in America's tribal areas and reservations. The estimates come from responses to the American Community Survey over a five-year period, from 2010 to 2014.

My Tribal Area was designed to give you quick and smooth access to information. For example, you can search for tribal areas using a type-ahead search by tribal area name or a drop-down menu to select a particular area in a state. A glossary is available to help you understand how the application defines the types of reservations and tribal areas.

We encourage you to explore this preview of My Tribal Area, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. You can use the feedback form that's available in the app. An updated release scheduled for this winter will make My Tribal Area even more comprehensive, with map images and descriptive legends for each tribal area, as well as estimates that include the years 2011 to 2015.   Be on the look out for our announcement when the full My Tribal Area application is released.
Lumbee SDTSA
Data for the Lumbee SDTSA in North Carolina

Monday, November 7, 2016

Data USA - Visualizing the American Community Survey

Deloitte, Datawheel, and Cesar Hidalgo, Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Director of MacroConnections, have created a Data USA to provide accessible visualizations of American Community Survey, Census data, and other sources of government data. Check out the profile for Greensboro!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Who votes for mayor? Short answer ... very few people

Portland State University has just released a new website called Who Votes for Mayor. Based on a pilot study involving Charlotte and three other cities, it has recently been expanded to 46 cites. Check out their current resources and follow their progress:

Friday, October 28, 2016

Tool for Tracking Federal Agency Article and Data Sharing Policies


SPARC just released a new resource for tracking, comparing, and understanding U.S. federal agencies’ article and data sharing policies. This free tool combines a new analysis of federal public access plans for sharing peer-reviewed research articles with the federal data sharing policy resource that SPARC launched earlier this year in partnership with Johns Hopkins University Libraries. The resource is available at

The new article-sharing analysis provides a tool for tracking practical information that can be used by active or prospective grant awardees to understand when, how, and where they need to make their manuscripts accessible, including links to each agency’s submission portal. As with the data-sharing resource, it will be updated as additional federal agency plans are released and analyzed and as current plans are revised.

Friday, October 21, 2016

UNC Dataverse Webinar

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 11:00 - 12:00pm

As recently announced, the Odum Institute archive has recently upgraded to Dataverse 4. The newly launched University of North Carolina Dataverse offers vast improvements to the user interface, including faceted search and browsing, additional data handling capabilities to ensure long-term data preservation, access and re-use, expanded metadata to support a broader array of disciplinary domains, and integration of innovative data analysis and visualization tools using new API functionality.

The Odum archivists will be hosting a free webinar on October 25th from 11:00am to 12:00pm, which will introduce users and anyone else interested to these new advanced capabilities and the ways in which UNC Dataverse now caters to a greater diversity of researchers seeking data management and sharing solutions.

To join the Webinar, click on this link: The webinar will be hosted using GoToMeeting.  Please be sure to download/launch the application prior to the webinar start time.

For more information please contact the Odum Institute archive at