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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2010 -- Data ManagementAfter clicking on a link below, click on the URL that will appear after "Go to Link:".
The movement toward more data sharing is being pushed forward by a new policy at the National Science foundation. The policy will soon require grant seekers to provide data-management plans describing how and when data will be shared. For one view of this, see Felicia LeClere's opinion piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education (http://chronicle.com/article/Too-Many-Researchers-Are/123749). The Monday sessions will provide insights on how to think about data management planning.
1:00pData Management PlansData management is a vital activity in order to ensure access to and preservation of research data. Therefore, funding agencies in the U.S. and elsewhere have been establishing requirements for both data management planning and the sharing of research data. What is know about such requirements to date? What resources are available to help researchers in this arena? What services are universities and other organizations providing to support their researchers? This presentation will provide an overview of these topics and provide a starting point from which participants can consider how to support researchers at their own institutions.Katherine McNeill, MIT Libraries011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
2:00pManaging Confidential Data – A Panel Session Join a panel discussion on the practical aspects of negotiating access to secure data and ensuring adequate data protection featuring the experiences of The Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), and the Michigan Census Research Data Center (MCRDC).

"Linking Survey and Health Care Claims Data: The Health and Retirement Study Experience" ...

This talk will focus on recent research using linked Medicare claims and survey response data from a large, nationally representative panel study of older Americans.E This talk will cover the practical aspects of negotiating access to the secure data and ensuring adequate data protection and highlight policy-relevant research that is now feasible with linked survey and administrative data.

"Panel Study of Income Dynamics"...

With more than 40 years of data on the same families and their descendants as of 2010, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is the world's longest running nationally representative household panel survey. PSID gathers data on the family as a whole and on individuals residing within the family. Nearly 9,000 families now participate in the PSID.

In order to safeguard the confidentiality of its respondents at the highest level, some data are provided only under conditions of a restricted contract. Contractual arrangements require review of a research statement, data protection plan, IRB approval, and administrative fee.

This talk will provide information on types of restricted data available and the requirements for obtaining the data. The restricted data include geospatial data at the tract and block level, data on substance use and psychological functioning from a special supplement of PSID families that may have been affected by Hurricane Katrina, links to cause of death data from the National Death Index, links to school identifiers from national data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, and new links to Medicare claims data.
Lauren Hersch Nicholas, Faculty Research Fellow, Institute for Social Research; Maggie Levenstein, MCRDC; Narayan Sastry, PSID011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 -- Social Sciences Data in North America
11:00aData from the Minnesota Population Center The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is one of the world's leading developers of demographic data resources. We provide population data to thousands of researchers, policymakers, teachers, and students. Available data include integrated census data from around the world and survey data from the U.S. (ACS, CPS, and NHIS). This session will cover the contents of the data available and show how we integrated the data across time and place. There will also be a demonstration of the web-based extraction system where the data are obtained free of charge. For more information about MPC data, go to: www.popdata.orgCatherine Fitch, Associate Director, and Katie Genadek, Research Assistant, Minnesota Population Center011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
12:00pData Access North of the (US) Border The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) provides access to a wide variety of data to its twenty-one member universities through a service called ODESI. This session will demonstrate how ODESI can be used to access metadata and highlight Canadian data services available beyond the OCUL group.Michelle Edwards, Data Resource Centre, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
1:00pAmerica's Most Wanted: Top US Government Data Resources We all know that the US Federal Government gathers and disseminates a tremendous amount of data, and as such, a guided tour can be helpful. In this session we will explore five essential US government sources for free data: data.gov, geodata.gov, American FactFinder, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Center for Education Statistics. We will also discuss DataFerrett as a possible access point for extracting US government data. The session will provide an overview the sources, discuss major benefits and challenges of each, and reflect on using these sources in reference and instruction.Lynda Kellam, Data Services & Government Information Librarian, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
2:00pSmall Data Archives: Pew Offerings and CPANDAThe Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) is a digital archive of arts and cultural policy data. An overview of the archive and its holdings, its literature bibliography, and future plans will be discussed. Public Opinion Data about the US is freely distributed through research conducted by the Pew Charitable Trust.  An overview of the studies available and other data-related resources will be described.Bobray Bordelon (Princeton), Libbie Stephenson (UCLA) 011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010 -- International DataAfter clicking on a link below, click on the URL that will appear after "Go to Link:".
10:45a Census Changes Around the World Many countries are changing the way they implement their Census. This session will provide an overview of changes occurring in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States and the implications for social sciences research.Germany – Heike Wirth and Christof Wolf (GESIS); Netherlands – Luuk Schreven (Statistics Netherlands); U.S. – Reynolds Farley and Lisa Neidert (Institute for Social Research)011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
12:00pForeign Data: Identification and Acquisition Challenges and OpportunitiesJoin a lively discussion on identifying data from outside the United States and acquisition methods. Three data librarians will discuss their experiences, successes, and horror stories. The goal of the session is to begin a broader discussion in which data librarians can make each other aware of major acquisitions and strategies and provide a support network.Pam Baxter (Cornell), Bobray Bordelon (Princeton), Jane Weintrop (Columbia)011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
1:00pInternational Organizations & Their DataThis session will cover two major sources of data from international organizations: the United Nation's UNdata and the World Bank's Data Catalog. Each source contains a wealth of information from the sponsoring agency as well as data from other international organizations. In addition, you can use UNdata and the Data Catalog to unearth more detailed data from many other international organizations.Amy West, Data Services Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
2:00pLatin American Data This session will provide overviews of The Latin American Public Opinion Project AmericasBarometer Surveys and The Latinobarometer.

The AmericasBarometer surveys currently cover all independent nations in North, Central and South America, as well as an important cross-section of the Caribbean. In 2010 over 40,000 interviews were conducted in 26 nations. The AmericasBarometer itself is a consortium of academic partner institutions located all over the Americas, advised by an International Advisory Board of senior experts from the Americas and Europe. The project is housed at Vanderbilt University, where numerous scholarships are available for doctoral work. Data analysis is available free, without registration, on our website hosted at the University of Costa Rica, in which anyone may produce results as simple as univariate percentages up through linear and logistic regressions. Indexes may also be constructed on line. The raw data are available for free at all LAPOP consortium member institutions, and by subscription at libraries throughout the world. All studies, questionnaires and user training manuals are available for free on line. Most interviews are carried out assisted by handheld computers, which facilitate the use of multiple language versions of the questionnaire in linguistically diverse countries.
Mitchell Seligson, Director, Liz Zechmeister, Associate Director, LAPOP, Vanderbilt University; Marta Lagos, Latinobarometer011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010 -- Social Sciences Data in TeachingAfter clicking on a link below, click on the URL that will appear after "Go to Link:".
11:00aStudents Analyzing Data in the Large Lecture Class: Active Learning with SDA Online AnalysisFaculty have used ICPSR datasets in their teaching for a generation, mainly by showing slides of data analysis and by having students do term papers. Two changes in campus computing make it possible for instructors now to involve students in the large lecture classroom in data analysis: the first is the near-universal access to the Web via Wi-Fi connections; the second is the proliferation of cheap, flexible laptop and notebook computers that an increasing number of students bring to class. In the large, introductory lecture class (more than 50 students), instructors can take advantage of these two developments to pose questions, assign students in groups data analysis tasks, and call on them to report their findings and discuss conclusions. This 2010 Virtual Meeting workshop will demonstrate how the instructor has used ICPSR Dataset # 7423 (“New Orleans Slave Sample 1804-1862”) in a introductory-level U.S. history class with 100 students taking part in the posing of questions, the division of labor in answering the questions, the SDA analysis of the data, student presentation of their findings, and discussion of the meaning of the answers presented.Jim Oberly, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
12:00pInteractive Social Sciences Teaching Resources featuring ARDA & the Roper Center Using multiple online interactive tools, this session, featuring ARDA and the Roper Center, will illustrate how diverse data sources can be used in the classroom.

Discovering Religion: Online Interactive Tools for Exploring Social Science Data: Using multiple online interactive tools, this session will illustrate how diverse data sources can be used in the classroom. The online interactive tools allow students to generate customized demographic and religious profiles for local, national or global arenas. Other tools offer students interactive assistance in analyzing surveys, constructing surveys, or comparing their own responses to those of a national survey. The session will rely heavily on the data, educational exercises and online tools of the Association of Religion Data Archives.

Data Discovery Tools of the Roper Center Public Opinion Data Archives

This session will then turn to the tools the Roper Center offers to explore its archives of public opinion data. Using Topics at a Glance and iPOLL to attain univariates (simple topline survey results), and then RoperExpress to download dataset files, this session will demonstrate how to transcend from a research question to a full research project. The newest service, Roper Explorer, will be introduced in this session. Explorer implements SDA for investigating subgroups and other crosstabs, and will be available for most studies from the last decade.
Roger Finke, Professor of Sociology, Penn State University; Lois Timms Ferrara, Roper Center 011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
1:00pSpatial Data Visualization in the Social Science ClassroomThis session will draw on the experiences and resources of the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science and the Center for Spatial Studies (www.spatial.ucsb.edu) to illustrate uses of geographically referenced data in the social sciences. Examples will include access to existing resources that demonstrate how spatial reasoning can enhance social science understandings and practices. Spatial analytic tools appropriate to undergraduate classroom use will be highlighted. Special attention will be given to the importance of spatial concepts, making use of resources currently under development at www.teachspatial.org.Donald G. Janelle, Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
2:00pTeaching Statistics to Undergrads This session will explore many topics in the development and improvement of an introductory statistics course, centered on the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE)  http://www.amstat.org/education/gaise/ The session will begin with methods of planning a course to highlight conceptual understanding.  It will then continue with discussions on using active learning in statistics, the impact of technology and the use of real data.  Finally we will give some examples of using assessment as a learning tool for both students and instructors.Roger Woodard, North Carolina State University011 SmithorOffice/Home PC
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