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

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Census Workshops at Davis Library, UNC - Open to all!

On November 16th (GIS Day), the Davis Library Research Hub will be hosting Jonathan Schroeder from the Minnesota Population Center (MPC). Attendance is free and open to the UNCG community. See the links below for times and more information.

Attendees will need to pay for parking. There are two visitor parking lots near Davis Library likely to have spaces at the times of these workshops:  the Raleigh Road Lot and the Rams Head Parking Lot.  The rate in these lots is $1.50 / hour.  In addition there are metered spaces along Raleigh Road, South Road and Country Club Drive with two-hour (or more) limits.  

Morning workshop
The National Historical Geographic Information System ( provides free online access to summary tables and GIS boundary files for U.S. censuses and surveys going back to 1790. In addition to historical county and state data, NHGIS provides more recent data for all levels of census geography down to tracts and blocks. This workshop will familiarize participants with the breadth and depth of NHGIS resources and demonstrate how to use the NHGIS Data Finder to explore what’s available and download customized extracts.

Afternoon talk
In recent years, NHGIS ( has begun releasing time series tables, which link together comparable statistics from multiple censuses in customized downloadable bundles. There are now thousands of time series available, organized into hundreds of tables, mainly covering statistics from the 1970-2010 censuses and the 2012 American Community Survey. The newest tables provide 2000 and 2010 statistics for 2010 census units at 10 geographic levels, including census tracts, block groups, ZIP Code Tabulation Areas, and census places. These tables use an advanced interpolation method to produce high-quality 2000 estimates where boundaries changed between censuses. Work is also underway to provide 1990 estimates for 2010 units. In this talk, I present an overview of current and planned NHGIS time series features, highlighting how they can simplify the measurement and mapping of changes in census data, demonstrating advantages of our interpolation approach relative to others in use, and previewing how we are addressing new estimation challenges as we extend tables to cover more years and subjects.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Open Data Flint

Open Data Flint
Open Data Flint (ODF), as part of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center (HFRCC) is an open access repository for all kinds of data and data-related resources about the Flint community within the state of Michigan. It is a place to both find data to use and share data for others to use.
Open Data Flint is an open-to-the-community data repository whose aim is to assist the community of Flint, Michigan to:
  • Bring together data to help build the evidence base to achieve a healthier Flint community.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the far-reaching impact of the water crisis on the Flint population.

Friday, September 16, 2016

New Data and New Features from IPUMS

IPUMS-USA released full count population data sets from the 1930 and 1920 censuses.

Terra Populus launched TerraScope, a new map-based portal for exploring the data in the TerraPop collection. TerraScope lets you see where variables are available, display color-coded maps of area-level data, preview raster data, and more. Read more about this feature on our blog Use it for Good

IHIS released the 2015 NHIS data, along with a new function to attach the characteristics of other family members. IHIS has also released more than 1,000 variables from historical supplements on disability, polio, AIDS, and more.

IPUMS-CPS released revised family interrelationship variables that now identify cohabiting and same-sex partners.

IPUMS-Time Use released 2015 ATUS data via ATUS-X and now makes international time diary data available via MTUS-X.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Free Mapping Online for the US and China - ICPSR Webinar

Free Mapping Online for the US and China
Join ICPSR for a webinar on Sep 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT.
Register now!
This webinar will introduce “Free Mapping Online”, a new online map service distributed by the University of Michigan's Spatial Data Center and the China Data Center as a promotion for the spatial study of the US and China. This web-based spatial system offers tens of thousands of free live maps with data from US and China, including census data, business data, land use data, and nighttime data.

This workshop will discuss the data sources, data access, and options for mapping and outputs. It will show how users can make maps online with their own data (in Excel file) by uploading the data to the server without any GIS tools and experience. It will also discuss future directions for data expansion and sharing.

This webinar is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Quantitative Methodology Series - R workshop at UNCG

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics' Quantitative Methodology Series is kicking off this fall with an Introduction to R workshop. It will be offered Friday, Sept. 2 from 2:00-5:00 pm. For more information and to register:  All UNCG faculty, staff, and student researchers are welcome to attend.