Monday, July 24, 2017

Qualitative Data conversation at IASSIST

IASSIST, a data professionals organization, is running a blog post series on Qualitative Social Science Data. Part 2 has some great links for librarians and faculty working with qualitative data.

The posts are open to anyone and they are welcoming comments, especially for additional resources. Check it out!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Special Population and Tribal Data Release

From the Governor's Census Liaison:

The US Census Bureau will release data for special populations and American Indian/Alaska Native tribal groups at 12:01 am on Thursday.  The data were collected and generally reported from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey in December 2016.  Thursday’s release will allow users to view socioeconomic characteristics (ie educational attainment, income, poverty, etc.) for specific populations and tribes.  As an example, currently users may find median household income data for the Asian or the American Indian/Alaska Native population of North Carolina; but on Thursday users may find data for the Chinese or Cherokee populations. There will be 1,119 available groups.  To be included in the release and maintain confidentiality, groups must have met a national population threshold.  The data will be available online through the American FactFinder tool – .   
Some American Indian/Alaska Native tribal groups may not be comparable with data released from previous Census products.  A comparison table will and technical information about this release will be available at the American Community Survey (ACS) Race/Ethnicity and American Indian and Alaska Native Documentation site - .

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 
 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:

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

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,
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 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

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 or (734) 763-7400.