Join us for a new annual tradition dedicated to spreading the awareness and importance of research data through a series of workshops held online between February 1st and 12th.

Koerner Library currently has access to a trial of a new database – Social Explorer. This demographic data visualization and research website is designed to engage users through dynamic maps and customizable reports. Data includes US census from 1790-2010, the Canadian and UK census from 2011-present, American Community Survey 2005-2014, US Crime data, Eurostat surveys and World Bank Indicators.


Visit Social Explorer.


With the 2016 ICPSR Research Paper Competition winners just announced, the ICPSR Research Paper Competition is now accepting applications for 2017 – deadline January 31, 2017.

Enter the 2017 competition:
The ICPSR is pleased to announce the 2017 ICPSR Research Paper Competition for Undergraduates and Graduate Students, and invite submissions from students and recent graduates at member institutions. The purpose of the competition is to highlight exemplary research papers based on quantitative analysis. The awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place in each category and publication on the ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners website and in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin for the first place winners. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017.

ICPSR 2016 Research Paper Competition Winners:

Brielle Bryan (M.A., Sociology) of Harvard University earned first place in the Master’s competition with her paper titled “Paternal Incarceration and Adolescent Social Network Disadvantage.” The paper uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to explore a new aspect of the lives of children affected by parental incarceration: their social networks.

Candace M. Evans (B.A., Sociology and Psychology) of McMurry University earned first place in the Undergraduate competition for her paper titled “The Moderating Effects of Race and Ethnicity on the Relationship between Body Image and Psychological Well-Being.” The paper uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, the present study examined the moderating effects of race and ethnicity on the relationship between adolescent girls’ perceptions of several dimensions of body image and their psychological well-being.

Read the 2016 winning entries:
The winners’ papers can be seen in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin, which can be downloaded or viewed online.

The ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities.

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 Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) presents:

An Introduction to the Economic Census Data of China

Join the webinar on August 3rd, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT.

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The economic census data of China provides rich and comprehensive information for economic sectors of China; however, most of those data are usually not accessible to scholars since those data are not available in official publications. In a collaboration with the All China Marketing Research Co. and the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the UM China Data Center has released a series of economic census data products and services, including 2001 business census data, and 2004 and 2008 economic Census data. This workshop will give an introduction to the economic census data of China, discuss the primary differences between the US economic census data and China economic census data, describe the methodology for building GIS-based census data products and the technology for integrating those economic census data from different years in a web-based spatial system for easy access and analysis. It will also discuss some applications of those economic census data, possible limitations of those census data products, and the potential of future applications.

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

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This year marks the Mozilla Science Lab’s second year of Mozilla Fellowship for Science.  The call for applications is open now and the deadline is July 15th, 2016. Applicants from any country are encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship includes a stipend of $60,000 USD, paid in 10 monthly instalments. More information and a link to the application, as well as FAQs and information about current Fellows, can be found here:

About the Program

The Mozilla Fellowships for Science present a unique opportunity for researchers who want to influence the future of open science and data sharing within their communities.

We’re looking for researchers with a passion for open source and data sharing, already working to shift research practice to be more collaborative, iterative and open. Fellows will spend 10 months starting September 2016 as community catalysts at their institutions, mentoring the next generation of open data practitioners and researchers and building lasting change in the global open science community.

Throughout their fellowship year, chosen fellows will receive training and support from Mozilla to hone their skills around open source, data sharing, open science policy and licensing. They will also craft code, curriculum and other learning resources that help their local communities learn open data practices, and teach forward to their peers.

ICPSR is pleased to announce the official debut of the website for the Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP).

The Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) and ICPSR have been working together to develop ADDEP, a data repository that supports disability and rehabilitation research. On the ADDEP website, users can explore existing disability data resources already available at ICPSR, and newly acquired data from rehabilitation medicine and related areas. With input from the CLDR, ADDEP will continue to find ways to improve and facilitate collaborative research opportunities for investigators, policymakers, and practitioners by providing access to existing disability and rehabilitation datasets for secondary analyses.

The CLDR involves a consortium of investigators from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Cornell University, and the University of Michigan. ADDEP is supported by grant P2CHD065702 awarded to the CLDR by the NIH – National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Researchers can explore and download curated data, archive and share their data, learn about training opportunities, and more at

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 Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) is a Statistics Canada survey that has collected direct physical measurements such as height, weight, blood pressure, and blood, urine and DNA samples in a mobile clinic since 2007. Each two-year cycle of the survey collects health information from a nationally representative sample population of about 5,700 Canadians between the ages of 3 and 79 years.

Non-confidential documentation related to the survey is available at university libraries through the Data Liberation Initiative program. Researchers interested in accessing CHMS data files at one of 26 universities across Canada can submit an application to the Research Data Centres (RDC) Program.

Blood, urine and DNA samples are available to researchers whose projects meet certain Biobank conditions. There is a call for proposals open from May 1 to June 30, 2016. For more information related to the biobank, please contact the biobank coordinator at

For more information, click here. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Angela Walter at 613-799-5292.

More information:

Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS): Content summary for cycles 1 to 8


A Researcher’s Guide to the Canadian Health Measures Survey

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