Friday, November 21, 2008

ICPSR website outage on December 3

The ICPSR website will be unvailable on Dec. 3.

They are planning on upgrading core database software/hardware on Wednesday, December 3, starting at 1pm EST. They expect the transition to take several hours, during which time none of the ICPSR-hosted Web sites will be completely functional.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Thursday, November 20, 2008

2009 Undergraduate Opportunities in the Social Sciences

ICPSR Undergraduate Research Paper Competition

ICPSR sponsors two undergraduate research paper competitions. The first competition, sponsored by the general archive at ICPSR, requires a research paper supported by quantitative analysis of any dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive or any of its special topic archives. The second competition is sponsored by the Minority Data Resource Center (MDRC). The paper must address issues relevant to underrepresented minorities in the United States including immigrants, and data must be drawn from the MDRC. A separate committee will be formed to judge this competition. The purpose of these competitions is to highlight the best undergraduate student research papers using quantitative data. The objective is to encourage undergraduates to explore the social sciences by means of critical analysis of a topic supported by quantitative analysis of a dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive and presented in written form.Up to three cash prizes will be awarded for each competition, and the deadline for submission is May 31, 2009.

ICPSR Undergraduate Internship

The ICPSR Internship is a 10-week program designed to familiarize students with social science research, data preparation, and analysis. Interns work in the UNIX and Windows environments and gain experience using statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata to check data. Data processing skills will be applied to prepare social science data for permanent archiving and distribution for secondary analysis; preserving respondent anonymity; and composing descriptions of data collections. These positions are supervised by an experienced Research Associate.

Interns attend courses in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Interns will be required to attend a weekly Lunch and Lecture series that will expose them to various aspects and departments of ICPSR and Institute for Social Research (ISR). There may be additional social and work-related functions involving other ICPSR staff and interns from other ISR units and summer programs.

This is a paid internship and the application deadline is February 2, 2009.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New entrepreneurship report from OECD

Measuring entrepreneurship: a digest of indicators is a new report from the Statistics Directorate at the OECD. The report presents the results of the first round of data collected under the the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme (EIP). The Statistics Directorate also produces SourceOECD, a database we have available at UNCG.

Monday, November 10, 2008

ICPSR Online Learning Center - Opening Doors to Quantitative Literacy!

ICPSR is pleased to announce the official launch of the Online Learning Center (OLC). The site can also be found under the Courses & Learning Tools tab on the ICPSR front page.

ICPSR's Online Learning Center (OLC) supports quantitative literacy in the social sciences by providing an effective and reliable means of bringing data into the classroom. OLC tools were designed, built, and tested by teaching faculty.

Currently numbering 30 (with more added continually), our Data-Driven Learning Guides are designed for in-class presentation or as supplemental activities for students demonstrating a variety of types of data analysis and substantive concepts. Available on-demand 24/7, DDLGs:
  • Demonstrate core concepts using prepared data with missing data and weights accommodated.

  • Avoid the hassles of software licensing, setup, and instruction.

  • Are easily customized to your teaching approach and syllabus.

  • Are appropriate as supplemental exercises or for in-class demonstrations.
We look forward to your feedback and suggestions via email, the OLC Blog, or the OLC listserv all available through the OLC Web site.