Friday, December 16, 2011

Saying goodbye to legacy American FactFinder

We finally have a due date for the legacy American FactFinder's retirment: January 20, 2012. We will miss the old gal!

We need to get to know AFF2, which will have current and previous year data from the American Community Survey, Puerto Rico Community Survey, Annual Population Estimates, Economic Census, and Annual Economic Surveys all available at

For more links and information about using the new AFF, please see UNCG University Libraries' data services libguide. You can also contact Lynda to schedule consulations or in-house/virtual training sessions.

Friday, November 18, 2011


From the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College:

In the summer of 1967, just after the Six-Day War brought the WestBank and Gaza Strip under Israel’s control, the Israeli Central Bureauof Statistics conducted a census of the occupied territories. The resulting seven volumes of reports provide the earliest detailed description of this population, including crucial data aboutrespondents’ 1948 refugee status.

In recent decades, these volumes of tables -- over 300 tables in all-- have received little or no attention from historians of the occupation, not least because it is not easy to use the reports inprint form and in any case the volumes are not widely available even in good research libraries.

The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College is making the contents of these volumes available in machine-readable form for the first time, free of charge to anyone with access to the internet. The tables canbe downloaded in Excel format for intensive research.

Many tables provide information cross-tabulated with several social characteristics at once (for example, education or occupationcross-tabulated with age, gender and refugee status) and presented for small geographic locales as well sub-totaled for regions.

Also, in conjunction with the Palestinian Authority's censuses of 1997 and 2007 these tables help provide an understanding of trends over 40 years. We hope that the data can be exploited by researchers interested in a fuller understanding of the social history of thePalestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

For an overview of our project and to access the hundreds of tablescontained in the 1967 Census database, go to

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

From ICPSR: Real Students, Real-World Experiences

From ICPSR: Real Students, Real-World Experiences

Join us for a Webinar on November 29

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Do your students seek opportunities to get involved in social science research? (And add relevant content to their resumes?) ICPSR can help! We have opportunities that give students hands-on experience with data and the research process and opportunities to reward the research work you encourage them to complete. This Webinar will introduce you to the ins and outs of the Student Paper Competitions – did you know we actually have four separate competitions for undergraduates and Master's students? – and the Summer Internship Program. ICPSR’s Internship Program has been the recipient of the “Best Employer” award for the state of Michigan and was recently funded by the National Science Foundation as a Research Experience for Undergraduates. Tune in to see amazing work done by previous paper competition winners and interns, hear about “lessons learned” that translate into tips for interviews or graduate school applications, and more!

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From ICPSR: Real Students, Real-World Experiences


Tuesday, November 29, 2011


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

A whole new world.... The new American FactFinder

The Census Bureau released the first round of data from the 2010 American Community Survey today. And it is available in the NEW American FactFinder! Check it out!

For assistance using the new AFF, here are some resources:

And don't worry, AFF won't go all Facebook on you. This new interface should be good for at least a year or two ;-)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Data from Roper Center on 9/11

What were Americans thinking & feeling immediately following 9/11?

FREE data on the tenth anniversary of 9/11— NBC News Terrorism Poll and NBC News & The Wall Street Journal New York City/Pentagon Terrorist Attacks Poll. Download datasets in SPSS/PASW along with their codebooks to get a more in-depth analysis of what Americans were thinking and feeling on the days immediately following 9/11 at Surveys from the days following September 11, 2001.

Members can access toplines for this data using the links below:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

get your country data here!

Featured Data Source: World dataBank and World Development Indicators Online

World dataBank is UNCG's primary database for statistics on individual countries compiling development data for over 800 indicators and 200 countries. The purpose of this compilation is to provide a statistical benchmark for the progress of development in individual countries and regions. The data is wide ranging from economic indicators, such as balance of payments data, to social indicators, such as the literacy rate.

World Development Indicators and all other World Bank data products are freely available to anyone through World dataBank. Below is a tutorial for getting started with WDI.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Census Summary File 1 for NC released

Exciting news for data nerds!

The US Census Bureau has released the 2010 Census Summary File 1 (SF1) data for North Carolina. This is the full release of data collected on the 2010 Census to the block level. The 2010 Census Summary File 1 data for North Carolina is available through the new American Factfinder.

And look! It's the UNCG block. And look at all of those gals! Could you tell UNCG is historically a women's college?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Which do I use? Try the HUD data set reference guide

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has created a helpful reference guide on HUD USER. It shows which datasets would have most to least relevance in a particular topic area (such as disabilities or demographics).

As reported by APDU: "The Data Set Reference Guide provides convenient, one-stop access to the original data sets generated by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), including data from the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, microdata on housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, HUD’s assisted housing population, and other housing-related topics. Access the PD&R guide here and a guide to other HUD data sources here."

Here is a screenshot of the PD&R guide:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Updates to IPUMS-International

News for you from the Minnesota Population Center:

The Minnesota Population Center is pleased to announce the latest expansion of the IPUMS-International data series. We recently added 26 new samples. The data release includes 7 new countries -- Germany, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Sudan -- as well as additional samples for 5 countries already in the database: Cambodia, Egypt, France, Palestine and Vietnam. The data series now contains 397 million person records from 185 censuses in 62 countries.

You can get more detail about the latest data release at or go directly to the variable list to see the content of the new samples at The data series can be accessed at

We recently changed the way that users browse variables and make data extracts on our site. We welcome your feedback on this and any other aspect of IPUMS-International.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Waiting for the Census deluge...

But for now we have a trickle. Just in from the NC Governor’s Census Liaison:

"Demographic Profiles from the 2010 Census for North Carolina areas were released through the new American FactFinder ( at 12:01 this morning. These profiles are similar to the Summary File 1 profiles from the 2000 Census and contain detailed age, household type and relationship, and housing unit data. "

Yay data!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

NC State Data Center and Census 2010

The NC State Data Center held its annual meeting this week. You can see presentation documents online at . You will find great information about the Census in NC and more.

You can also check out NC Census related information at

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Roper brings us cross-tabs!

Roper Center has added a sweet new feature to iPoll.

"You can look at demographic cross-tabulations for over 50,000 questions asked in the US since 2000. The group data is integrated directly into iPOLL and is presented automatically with the question results wherever available. Access to results by gender, age, education, region and more, has never been easier! Just click on the group tab!"

From the iPoll search results screen, look for poll questions with a Question Detail icon that has a green plus sign (see image below).

This indicates you can access the cross-tabs. You will get results like this.

Pretty nifty!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

SimplyMap's looking new and pretty!

On Monday a favorite database at UNCG will get a radical update. SimplyMap is changing its interface to be more intuitive. In addition to being more user-friendly it will also have some great ranking features. I encourage you to use the Map Wizard to help guide you through your initial use. I will also be creating some video tutorials showing you how to do common or basic tasks. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Monday, March 7, 2011

ICPSR Webinar Series: Beyond the Brackets: Analyzing Data on NCAA Student Athletes

ICPSR Webinar Series: Beyond the Brackets: Analyzing Data on NCAA Student Athletes

Join us for a Webinar on March 22
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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This webinar will introduce the NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive. The webinar will present the purpose and goals of this NCAA-funded project with a focus on the data collections currently available and how to access them. We will also preview upcoming data releases. This webinar is free and open to the public.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Greensboro's growth: Census 2010 data for North Carolina

North Carolina has received its Census 2010 redistricting data and you can check out the basics using this widget. NC is growing so much!

Take a look at other states using the United States widget (just click on individual states for more information). Finally, if you want to see a bit more information from the 2010 Census, check out the summary files for select states using the new American FactFinder or FTP download.

Exciting times in dataland! More to come soon!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Stats portraits of the Hispanic & Foreign-Born Pops

From the Association of Public Data Users:

The Pew Hispanic Center recently released its Statistical Portraits of U.S. Hispanic and Foreign-Born Populations. The portraits, based on 2009 American Community Survey Data, are national in scope, covering racial self-identification, age, geographic dispersion, nativity, citizenship, origin, language proficiency, living arrangements, marital status, fertility, schooling, health insurance coverage, earnings, poverty, and other labor market outcomes. Comparisons to white, black, and total populations are also included.

Check out the 2009 American Community Survey data!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bureau of Justice Stats: Prisoner Recidivism Analysis Tool

From the Association of Public Data Users:

"The Bureau of Justice Statistics recently released its online Prisoner Recidivism Analysis Tool. The Tool is the first in a series of data analysis tools that will enable the public to explore the recidivism patterns of persons involved with the criminal justice system. Users can conduct customized analyses of the database, which includes the recidivism of prisoners released in 1994 and followed for a three-year period after release. Other attributes include gender, age at release, race, Hispanic origin, commitment offense, sentence length, prior arrests, and prior commitments. The Bureau of Justice Statistics will update the tool in 2012 with new recidivism data on prisoners released in 2005."

Data can be downloaded into Excel or PDF.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hot Times in Ann Arbor: ICPSR's Summer Program

Straight from ICPSR:

The Inter‑university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is pleased to announce the 2011 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.

Most courses for the ICPSR Summer Program are held on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Lectures and workshops on a wide variety of topics in research design, quantitative reasoning, statistical methods, and data processing are presented in two four‑week sessions. The first session runs from June 20, 2011 until July 15, 2011. The second session runs from July 18, 2011 until August 12, 2011. The contents of the two sessions are largely independent of each other, although some second‑session workshops do assume that participants are familiar with material from first‑session courses.

The 2011 ICPSR Summer Program will also offer a number of three‑ to five‑day workshops on both statistical and substantive topics throughout the summer. Most of these shorter workshops take place in Ann Arbor, but there are several that will be held in other locations: Amherst, MA; Bloomington, IN; Chapel Hill, NC; and (for the first time) Berkeley, CA.

Registration is now open for all of our statistical courses and for several of the substantive workshops. The application form, registration instructions, fee structure, and further information about the ICPSR Summer Program are all available on our web site:

Please feel free to e‑mail us with any further questions at:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

data viz and the face of segregation

Check out this interesting post on mapping America from Remapping Debate, an online public policy journal. They've teamed with Social Explorer (a data visualization database) to create maps using data from the recently released 2005-2009 American Community Survey.

Here is the face of Greensboro:

At UNCG we have access to another mapping database called SimplyMap that does similar mapping. These are great tools for visualizing your community!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Upcoming ICPSR Webinar: Guidance on Preparing a Data Management Plan

ICPSR has a webinar on data management plans coming up on February 17. I encourage all researchers to "stop in". It is an excellent presentation!

Join us for a Webinar on February 17
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Back by popular demand:
Many federal funding agencies, including NIH and most recently NSF, are requiring that grant applications contain data management plans for projects involving data collection. To support researchers in meeting this requirement, ICPSR is providing a set of tools and resources for creating data management plans. This webinar will cover:

• ICPSR’s Data Management Plan Website
• Suggested Elements of a Data Management Plan
• Example Data Management Plan Language
• Designating ICPSR as an Archive in a Data Management Plan
• Additional Resources for a Preparing Your Data Management Plan

This webinar is a repeat of the January 12, 2011 session. The same topics and discussion will be covered. The webinar is free and open to the public - please forward this invitation to any who may be interested.

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Title: ICPSR Webinar: Guidance on Preparing a Data Management Plan
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

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Monday, January 31, 2011

More new goodies!: DataFerrett update

Announcement from the Census Bureau:

We are happy to announce a new release of DataFerrett on January 27th,

It is now available via a webpage applet at:

This release is largely being done in support of the American Community
Survey (ACS) Summary Files for the 5-Year data which will be available on
January 31st (with 1 and 3 year data forthcoming), and will include
numerous detailed geographies down to the block-group level.

This release includes many new features as well as datasets, and is easier
to update for security purposes, bug fixes and new feature additions. The
new system has enhanced security in place - it is a signed applet meaning
users will have to accept a VeriSign Certificate to use the software.

Note, the old DataFerrett Application accessed via your desktop will no
longer be supported. However, any saved DataFerrett databaskets (.fsf
files) or tables (.ftf files) created using the application or beta version
of the applet will still be accessible for use.

Please direct any inquiries, feedback, or requests for new features to our
team by replying to this email announcement, or you can email us directly
at or call us at 1-866-437-0171.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Where have all the Southern Baptists gone?: The ARDA

I recently realized that this blog has never featured The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)! What an oversight. So, if you have not checked out this free resource, you must do so ... soon. The ARDA provides access to major data resources focused on religion in America and other countries. Some of the most popular data studies include the Baylor Religion Survey, the General Social Surveys, the National Congregations Study. Check out the Data Archive for additional studies.

ARDA has much more than data sets though. Through the National Profiles, US Congregational Membership, Denominations, and QuickStats areas you can explore many kinds of questions.

For example, here is a question from the General Social Survey about views of the Bible.
They've also recently added some basic mapping capabilities in partnership with Social Explorer. Want to know the distribution of Southern Baptists in North Carolina? The ARDA knows.

ARDA is an invaluable tool for research and instruction in a wide range of religious studies topics. If you are an instructor, check out this webinar on using the ARDA in the classroom. And did I mention it is free?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What do you really know about the Tea Party?

Roper Center just added the CBS/NY Times Tea Party Movement Poll dataset: "From April 5-12, 2010, CBS News and New York Times interviewed a sample of national adults including an oversample of Tea Party supporters about their views on the current state of government and the economy. The study includes a series of questions about the respondents involvement with the Tea Party, as well as views of the movement."

You can also generate crosstabs on this dataset before downloading by using RoperExplorer, the new online data analysis system. Want to see the percentage of tea party supporters by gender, age, or race? Simple enough. Questions about using the dataset or RoperExplorer? Just ask Lynda!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's like Christmas all over again! New American FactFinder

Next Tuesday, January 18 at 2pm the Census Bureau will be unveiling the new and improved American FactFinder. Take a look at the upcoming changes:

And you know where I'll be at 2pm!