Check out our new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Research Guide to learn more about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial data!

The guide provides a basic introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial data, and contains pages with numerous links to geospatial data sources by location and subject. The guide also discusses search strategies, labs and software, and citing data. It also links to many additional training resources, such as books, courses, and videos, and highlights special GIS projects that the library has worked on.

The ICPSR Summer Program would like to announce the following workshop, sponsored by the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program:

Secondary Analysis of Data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study

Dates and Location: August 3-5, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Instructor: Kristie Taylor, Westat

The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study is a collaboration between the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The PATH Study is a household-based, nationally representative, longitudinal cohort study of approximately 46,000 U.S. adults and youth (12 years and older). The study was launched in 2011 to inform FDA’s regulatory activities under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Focusing on the first wave of data (collected from Sept. 2013-Dec. 2014), participants will be introduced to the PATH Study, including the design, sample, data collection procedures, instruments, and variables. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of how to use and link PATH Study data files. The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises. It is designed for faculty and research professionals as well as for advanced graduate students interested in tobacco regulatory science who are comfortable with data analysis software and quantitative research in the social sciences.

Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of secondary data organization and manipulation, fundamental data analysis skills, working knowledge of a statistical software package (e.g., SAS, Stata, R) and a substantive interest in tobacco regulatory research.

Application: Admission is competitive. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Sign up through the Summer Program’s registration portal. Then, upload the following documents via the portal:

Current curriculum vita
Cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences

Priority will be given to applicants with immediate interest in using the PATH Study data for tobacco regulatory research and who provide a research project description to do so, including references to theory or historical context, how the project extends what is presently known, and why the PATH Study data are needed for the project.

Application Deadline: May 23, 2016


For issues related to registration, contact

For questions related to the PATH Study data, contact

What’s in There? Searching by Variable at ICPSR

Join ICPSR for a webinar on Jun 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT.

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George Alter, Director of ICPSR, will demonstrate strategies for searching more than 4.5 million variable descriptions in ICPSR’s Social Science Variables Database, including our new crosswalk between the American National Election Study and the General Social Survey.

The ICPSR Website allows users to search for variables singly or in groups. The “Compare Variables” feature brings up question text, frequencies, universe and other information, and all searches are linked to ICPSR’s dynamic online codebooks.

The ICPSR variable search, supported by its thorough methods documentation, is an effective tool for those that are:

• Searching for data with particular questions/content for analysis (for research papers/publishing)
• Desiring to compare or harmonize data across projects
• Mining for questions to design research surveys and/or to teach survey design
–Including the demonstration of the effect of question wording and answer categories on variable distributions and the changes (evolution) in question wording/response categories over time
• Desiring to deposit research data for curation to enhance data discovery, increase research impact, and demonstrate that federal data sharing requirements have been met.

This webinar will benefit research scientists, teaching faculty, students, and those assisting these individuals.

This 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.

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The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) has announced its annual student paper contest. Essays may deal with access to and information about geospatial data, cartography, cartographic materials, map information, map data, GIS data and geo-referenced information. The award includes $250.00, free membership in the Association for one year, and an invitation to present the paper at the ACMLA annual conference. More details can be found in this flyer.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research would like to announce the Dr. Eugene Owen Scholarship for Research on the International Assessment of Student Achievement.

This scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Eugene Owen, who devoted his career to understanding international differences in student educational achievement. During his 30 years at the National Center for Education Statistics, he made seminal contributions to the development of cross-national surveys, such as the Program for International Student Assessment.


The Owen Scholarship will be awarded to senior graduate students or outstanding pre-tenure scholars (less than five years since award of the PhD). Applicants can come from any academic discipline, but they should have professional interests in one or more of the following areas of research:

  • Advancing cross-national research on K-12 student achievement
  • Advancing cross-national research on college- or university-level achievement
  • Understanding the role of teaching from a cross-national perspective


The Owen Scholarship provides a waiver of ICPSR Summer Program registration fees for one (1) four-week session or a single 3- to 5-day workshop. Recipients who choose to attend a 3- to 5-day workshop will also receive a travel stipend.  The stipend is not available to attendees of a four-week session.


Applicants must sign up for the courses they wish to take through the ICPSR Summer Program registration portal at and send the following materials to

  1. A current curriculum vita
  2. A cover letter detailing scholarly interests, background, research plans, and how participation in the ICPSR Summer Program will contribute toward achievement of professional objectives
  3. Two letters of recommendation. For applicants who are faculty members, one letter should come from your Department Chair. For graduate student applicants, one letter should come from your faculty advisor or dissertation chairperson.
  4. An official course transcript (for graduate student applicants only)



Visit or contact the ICPSR Summer Program at for additional criteria regarding application materials, as well as a list of courses.

The ICPSR Summer Program is recognized throughout the world as a leading program providing basic and advanced training in a wide range of methodologies and techniques for research across the social, behavioral, and medical sciences. Registration for all 2016 courses will open in early February 2016.

For more details, including preliminary schedules and how to register, go to

Introduction to SEAD 2.0: The Next Generation of SEAD Data Services

Join us for a webinar on Jan 21, 2016 at 1:30 PM EST.

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Join us on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm (EST) for a free introductory webinar navigating the new SEAD infrastructure for managing, interpreting, sharing, curating, preserving, and publishing data. The webinar will be based on the beta release of the next major version of the SEAD hosted end-to-end data services — SEAD 2.0, scheduled for deployment in May 2016. This beta release is being made available to allow a broad user base to explore and provide feedback on the new features. This is a great opportunity to help us make this next release the best ever!

The webinar will be presented by Anna Ovchinnikova, SEAD Training, and User Support Specialist, and James Myers, SEAD Co-PI.

About SEAD
SEAD is a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to create data services for sustainability science research. SEAD’s hosted end-to-end data services support the fundamental science and engineering investigations and education needed to understand and overcome the barriers to sustainable human and environmental wellbeing in order to forge reasoned pathways to a sustainable future. SEAD’s mission is to answer the need of the sustainability research for reliable cyberinfrastructure and to provide researchers with an enhanced ability to manage, integrate, interpret, share, curate, and preserve data. SEAD serves large and small research teams across a broad range of physical and social science disciplines who produce and analyze heterogeneous data that is unique and at a fine resolution and granularity, who must work in a collaborative environment, and who lack access to reliable cyberinfrastructure.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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