Friday, February 16, 2018

PSID Data User Training Workshop

The ICPSR Summer Program would like to announce the following workshop, sponsored by the Panel Study of Income Dynamics:

PSID Data User Training Workshop
June 11-15, 2018, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

This five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, its special topics modules, and the PSID Child Development Supplement and PSID Transition into Adulthood Supplement. The workshop pairs morning instructional sessions led by experienced PSID researchers and staff with afternoon guided lab sessions in which users construct their own analytic data files. 

Admitted graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty or researchers may request to be considered for a stipend to help with travel and housing costs. All applications received by April 13 will be given priority for enrollment. 

Learn more about the workshop and apply to participate through the ICPSR Summer Program.

Support is provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development.

For more information, contact the ICPSR Summer Program at or (734) 763-7400.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2018 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

2018 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 2018, the ICPSR Summer Program is offering more than 80 courses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and other cities across the US, Canada, and Europe. To view our full schedule and register, visit

Four-Week Sessions
An immersive learning experience unlike anything else, 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. 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 2018, the First Session runs from June 25 to July 20, and the Second Session runs from July 23 to August 17.

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 2018 short workshop schedule includes a wide range of courses, from introductory-level material to advanced, cutting-edge statistical techniques, as well as workshops on strategies for reproducing research results, machine learning, qualitative research methods, and the R statistical computing environment.

ICPSR scholarships provide a registration fee waiver for the Summer Program’s four-week sessions. The application deadline for all 2018 ICPSR scholarships is Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Contact the ICPSR Summer Program at or (734) 763-7400.

Monday, February 5, 2018

2017 The State of Data Science & Machine Learning

Kaggle has released its industry-wide survey of the state of data science and machine learning. Check out their report and download the data.

Some takeaways:

  1. While Python may be the most commonly used tool overall, more Statisticians report using R.
  2. On average, data scientists are around 30 years old, but this value varies between countries. For instance, the average respondent from India was about 9 years younger than the average respondent from Australia.
  3. The highest percentage of our respondents obtained a Master’s degree, but those in the highest salary ranges ($150K+) are slightly more likely to have a doctoral degree.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

IPUMS data training opportunities and more

If you are a current user of IPUMS data, you can submit your paper to win an award!


We are pleased to announce the 10th annual IPUMS Research Awards competition. We are looking for papers that use innovative approaches, comparative analyses, and multiple IPUMS datasets. In short, we are looking for papers that use the data to its full potential.

The IPUMS Spatial award, for work using NHGIS or IPUMS Terra, is new this year, joining awards for best papers using IPUMS USA or CPS, International or NAPP, and the National Health Interview Series data from IPUMS Health Surveys. Cash prizes will be awarded for best published work and best graduate student work (published or unpublished) in the four categories, for a total of 8 awards.
Deadline for submission is March 1, 2018. For more information on eligibility and the submission process, visit the IPUMS Research Awards page.


Conference on Time Use Across the LifecourseJune 19-20 2018, University of Maryland College Park​

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for papers that address the collection or analysis of time use data on topics ranging from intergenerational caregiving and time transfers, policy & environmental influences on time use, time use & health, time use & inequality.

The deadline for submission is February 9, 2018. Authors will be notified by March 30, 2018.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to:

Additional information about the conference can be found at Time Use Across the Lifecourse Conference.


IPUMS is accepting applications for the IPUMS CPS Summer Data Workshop. The workshop will familiarize researchers with the under-utilized panel component of the Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS is an ongoing labor force survey in the U.S. Data are available annually back to 1962 with monthly data available since 1976. The 2018 IPUMS CPS Workshop is targeted toward graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty from social science disciplines. The workshop will include presentations from the research team that developed IPUMS CPS and other experienced CPS researchers, lab sessions that provide hands-on experience with using the CPS as a longitudinal dataset, and small-group sessions where participants will discuss their own CPS research ideas with others who have similar interests.

Applications are due March 2, 2018. For more details, visit 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

An Overview of the 2018 ICPSR Summer Program

Join ICPSR for a webinar on Jan 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST.

Register now!

The ICPSR Summer Program provides rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques and quantitative research methodologies used in the social, behavioral, and medical sciences. We strive to fulfill the needs of researchers throughout their careers by offering a broad curriculum that ranges from introductory statistics and data analysis to advanced methods and cutting-edge techniques. 

From May through August 2018, we will offer more than 80 courses in cities across the U.S. We will announce our 2018 schedule in January, and registration for all courses will open in early February. 

This webinar will: 
  • Introduce the ICPSR Summer Program 
  • Discuss our 2018 courses 
  • Explain the registration process 
  • Explore ICPSR scholarships and other funding opportunities 
  • Address your FAQs 

The webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Data Releases from IPUMS

IPUMS Health Surveys released the 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, including supplemental variables on hepatitis, diabetes, chronic pain, food security, child mental health, heart disease and stroke prevention, tobacco, internet and email usage, and disability. This release also includes 600 variables from the 2015 NHIS cancer supplement.

IPUMS Time Use released the 2016 American Time Use Survey (ATUS) data through ATUS-X

IPUMS CPS released new basic monthly data along with variables from the fertility, education, and voter supplements.

IPUMS USA released full count 1910 data, source variables for all modern data, new family interrelationship variables that identify same-sex and cohabiting partners, and several other improvements to the data. ACS editing procedures are also available now.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

UNCG's Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Usage Report

ICPSR is the leading national archive for data in the social sciences, education, health and other fields. The consortium also provides data-related training including the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research and online learning modules, such as the Data-Driven Learning Guides.  UNCG is a member of the consortium and currently the University Libraries and the Office of Research and Economic Development split our membership fees with each paying every other year. Since 2007 University Libraries’ Data Services Librarian position has assumed the responsibilities of the Official Representative, a position that participates in the governance of ICPSR and is the main contact for the archive. This report provides information on the most recent activities related to the archive and usage statistics for the years that data were available.

Outreach and Promotions

The primary formats for outreach have been presentations to appropriate departments and library research guides integrating ICPSR resources. Data-related presentations that incorporate ICPSR have been give forty-three times over the past three academic years. Sixteen of these presentations were integrated into specific classes in various departments (ENT, GEO, PSC, LIS, SOC, etc.), thirteen were specifically on ICPSR data and resources, and fourteen focused on research data management that included ICPSR materials. Fifteen were in 2014-15 AY, thirteen in 2015-16 AY, and fifteen in 2016-17 AY. ICPSR has also been well-integrated into the library research guide for data services, the research data management guide, and other library guides.

Overall Usage

From 2014-2015 to 2016-2017, there were 122 total uses of ICPSR. This number does not include the number of students and faculty registered to use or browsing ICPSR’s website. Moreover, this number does not reflect the high number of datasets downloaded per user or the duration of use for each download. One faculty member may download all data files for a particular dataset and use those files multiple times for several scholarly products. While the total use number may be low in comparison to other electronic resources at the library, its impact on research is high.

The table below shows usage from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Data studies include all information collected by a principal investigator. Each study can have one or more dataset within it. Datasets are collections of data records that contain multiple data files. Examples of data files would include ASCII files, setup files, and documentation. Members-only data are the studies available to consortium members. These studies would cost $500 per dataset to access as non-members, which would total to $46,500 for UNCG’s users based on the 93 uses of member-only datasets last year.

Size in GB

Presentations and outreach to potential users have proven successful this past year. For example, after the first instruction session in Psychology on ICPSR was held in May 2016, the number of Psychology faculty and students using ICPSR increased from 1 per year to 8 in 2016-2017 and. The chart below shows usage by those departments that historically have been primary users of ICPSR data. It demonstrates that ICPSR has wide appeal across schools. Nevertheless, there are still areas for growth such as with Geography, Education, and other departments and schools not represented.

We have also seen an increase in graduate student and undergraduate student usage. The chart below shows the usage by status as provided by the user. In 2016-2017, we had a significant increase in the number of undergraduate students using the source, but a slight decrease in faculty from 2014-2015. Some of these students work as research assistants for faculty members, thereby downloading the data for faculty research.

In addition, use is quite high in comparison to other institutions in the same Carnegie Classification. The chart and table below provide data for the comparison. On average our users are downloading datasets, data files, and studies more frequently than other institutions in our Carnegie Category. 


Specific Resources
ICPSR’s utilization reports provide data for the top ten most frequently downloaded studies at UNCG from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Below are the top five for that time period.

In addition to dataset downloads, ICPSR provides access to online analysis through the Survey Documentation Analysis (SDA) system. This system allows users to analyze data without dowlowding datasets or using statistical software packages. The primary use of SDA in the past three years has been access to the SETUPS studies. Dr. Charles Prysby in Political Science is the main PI for these studies and integrates their use into several political science classes. SDA is available for around 700 studies at ICPSR.

Summer Program

ICPSR conducts several short-term workshops around the country and two four-week quantitative research programs at the University of Michigan. The utilization reports provide info on who has attended for the past three years, but does not indicate which programs they have attended. This year we had two attendees. The experience has been a valuable one for those who attended. One faculty member from the School of Education provided the following feedback:

A few years ago I attended an ICPSR workshop on the MET study dataset.  The course was engaging and informative.  The instructors were top-notch, and I had the opportunity to network with other researchers interested in the same dataset.  From what I learned in the workshop, I was able to secure a modest grant to run a pilot for my study using MET data.  I couldn't have done that had I not attended the workshop.

Our membership in ICPSR reduces the cost of attendance significantly. The fees for 2017 can be seen on the website. While our membership provides reduced pricing for attendance, the average class still costs from $1500 for a three-day course to $3700 for both four-week sessions. Faculty have had difficulty justifying these prices plus the cost of travel and housing. Sending additional faculty or graduate students to ICPSR’s summer programs is a potential area for growth.