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Phil Sidel

Phil Sidel

2001 William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative

Phil Sidel began his professional career in the 1960s as a programmer at Columbia's Bureau of Applied Social Research. In 1969, Carl established a Social Science Information Center at the University of Pittsburgh to assist social scientists in accessing data and using the computer for research. Phil became the director for the program and also became a Consortium OR. To handle the day-to-day work of providing data access, Phil established the position of "Data Archivist," and he remained the OR or Co-OR until 2000. His most active years in that capacity were during the 1970s when the concept and operations of a data consortium were just developing. In the early 1990s, the University of Pittsburgh joined other institutions that had moved their ICPSR memberships from individual departments to university-wide units -- computer centers and libraries. The center Phil directed became part of Computing and Information Services. There have been reorganizations since then, but Phil and the data archivist, now titled "Electronic Data Services Coordinator," are still providing the same services, though in a much different technological environment.

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