Thursday, June 19, 2014

FREE American Community Survey Data Webinar!

"Accessing Block Group Data with the ACS" Webinar
Those amazing little block groups are not available in American FactFinder. Find out how to access data at the block group level in this free webinar.

The ACS is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. Data users can access these estimates down to our smallest level of geography, block groups, using the ACS Summary File. This presentation will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS Summary File, and a demonstration of accessing block group data using the Summary File Retrieval Tool, DataFerrett, and FTP site.

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 24th from 1:00-2:00 PM
Presenter: Gretchen Gooding, American Community Survey Office

Learn how to log-in by visiting the Census Bureau's Educational Resources page

Friday, May 23, 2014

Changes to DMPTool

If you are using the DMPTool to help you create Data Management Plans, be sure to read the information below on its migration to a new interface. If you are not using, why not? Get in touch with Lynda if you would like more information about using the tool.

On May 29th the DMPTool will be upgraded to a new and improved version! This new version will give you increased functionality, such as the ability to add a collaborator with equal editing rights to your plan.
Between  9:00-1:00pm EDT (4 hours) on May 28th the DMPTool will be unavailable.
At Wed May 28, 1:00pm EDT the old DMPTool (Version 1) will be available at available at <>. You can continue to access and edit your existing plans, but you will not be able to create new plans.  
At Thurs May 29, 9:00am EDT the new DMPTool2 (Version 2) will available at <>.  All users and plans will have been migrated from Version 1. You can create new plans and edit existing plans in DMPTool2.  The URL will point to information about data management at the University of California.  Formerly this pointed directly to the DMPTool.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Free ICPSR summer workshop on Measures of Effective Teaching Database

ICPSR has just announced this free summer workshop. Please see below for contact information and application materials.

The Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database: A Review of the MET Project and Available Data

June 9-11, 2014
At ICPSR, Ann Arbor, MI
Application deadline: May 1, 2014

This three-day workshop will offer a broad summary of the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project and resulting Longitudinal Database (MET LDB), including the design and original goals of the MET Project, video collection and scoring procedures, in addition to available data and how they were collected.

The course will include deeper discussion of key elements of the study including the nested data structure (district, school, teacher, student), the randomization process and implications for analysis, and the student surveys. Additionally, time will be spent on practical considerations for current and potential users of the MET data, including logistics of accessing, linking, and scoring the video data, a description of the data file structure and organization, and discussion of the application process and demonstration of the specialized data access tools provided by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).
Participants will have temporary access to the MET data via the ICPSR Virtual Data Enclave and Secure Video Player for the duration of the workshop, for both structured exercises and independent work.

The workshop is free, but space is limited.
Please provide a current CV along with a cover letter summarizing your relevant research interest and experience, as well as methodological training. Graduate student applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation from an advisor.  Participants must have an understanding of secondary data, data analysis skills commensurate with analysis of complex data, and knowledge of SPSS, SAS, or Stata. Additionally, participants are expected to review the available documentation and bring to the workshop tentative research questions that can be addressed by the data.
Instructors include original MET Project Partners, MET Early Career Grantees, and ICPSR staff.
For more information or to apply, please visit:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New from ICPSR: openICPSR!

An Orientation to openICPSR - ICPSR's Public Access Data Collection
Join us for a Webinar on March 3
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
openICPSR has launched in its beta form for use by the ICPSR membership. This webinar will cover the reason behind the public data collection, why researchers might use the service, what other public access data services are in development as part of openICPSR, and importantly, why institutions will want to maintain membership in ICPSR. We’ll also provide a short orientation to the site. The webinar will allow ample time for Q&A from attendees.
Title:An Orientation to openICPSR - ICPSR's Public Access Data Collection
Date:Monday, March 3, 2014
Time:2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Who can vote?

2008-2012 American Community Survey Voting Age Population by Citizenship and Race
This tabulation from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey shows estimates of the citizen voting age population by race for small areas of geography.
The downloadable files show the population 18 and older by citizenship status and race for the nation, states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, counties, minor civil divisions, places, tracts and block groups. The files reflect both the population living in housing units and in group quarters, such as college dormitories. The new files and technical documentation along with previous versions of the files can be found on the Census Bureau's Redistricting website (
This is the fourth year in a row that the American Community Survey has produced estimates of this population for even the smallest geographic areas. Prior to the American Community Survey, communities would have to wait 10 years for an update on the citizen voting-age population. Internet address: <>.

Monday, November 25, 2013

New ICPSR webinar on data access plans

Guidelines for OSTP Data Access Plans - Providing Public Access to Federally Funded Research
Join us for a Webinar on December 9
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
In February 2013, the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy published a memo entitled "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research," which directs funding agencies with an annual R&D budget over $100 million to develop a public access plan for disseminating the results of their research. ICPSR strongly supports this memorandum and feels it will "promote re-use of scientific data, maximize the return on investments in data collection, and prevent the loss of thousands of potentially valuable datasets." 

ICPSR currently partners with several federal agencies to help them fulfill the mandate to provide open access to results of federally funded research. These agencies leverage ICPSR's capacity to curate, preserve, and disseminate data efficiently. 

To help these and other federal agencies develop their public access plans, ICPSR is providing guidance on how to meet the requirements laid out in the memo. 

This webinar will cover the data portion of the memo, explain the 13 elements for a public access plan, and discuss resources and options to successfully address the elements. A review of public access projects at ICPSR already meeting requirements will also be undertaken. 

This webinar will be presented by: 

-Jared Lyle, Director of Curation Services, ICPSR 
-Amy Pienta, Director, National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program; Director of Acquisitions, ICPSR 

This webinar is free and open to the public. Please forward this invitation to all who may be interested.
Title:Guidelines for OSTP Data Access Plans - Providing Public Access to Federally Funded Research
Date:Monday, December 9, 2013
Time:1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST