ICPSR Data Fair 2014: Powering Sustainable Data Access

ICPSR Data Fair Program

  • The Data Fair was held October 6-9, 2014.
  • Webinars were free and open to the public.
  • Recordings are available on ICPSR's YouTube Channel in the 2014 Data Fair playlist. They're also linked below.
  • Slides are linked from the descriptions on YouTube.

The call for public sharing/public access to scientific research data continues to grow. Initially there seemed to be little recognition of the need to finance public access to research data, but fortunately funding-sustained public access is making its way into the conversation.

For many years, ICPSR has hosted several public-access research data archives that are sustained by federal and foundation funding. ICPSR's 2014 Data Fair will feature webinars about many of these archives and collections, including an introduction to the National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture; the R-DAS collection at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive; two Gates Foundation-funded collections at the Resource Center for Minority Data; an orientation to the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program; and a Q & A about the Gates Foundation-funded Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database. You will find descriptions of these webinars in the Data Fair program. Other offerings will include a presentation about ICPSR's current efforts to fund and achieve sustainable public-access data sharing models, including its newly launched collection known as openICPSR.

Also of note, ICPSR will launch the Data Fair with an orientation webinar focused on our membership archive—composed of a data collection and related teaching resources that have been sustained successfully for over 52 years. Membership matters, and this webinar titled, "Understanding ICPSR," will provide members—and those exploring membership—with in-depth tours of ICPSR's research data services education resources, and the benefits of membership.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Understanding ICPSR - An Orientation to ICPSR
Broadcast time (EDT): Noon (12:00pm)

New to ICPSR or considering membership in ICPSR? New to the Official or Designated Representative (OR/DR) role? Tasked with educating (training) your institution about what is available from ICPSR and its hosted archives and need tools and content to assist? Need to better understand the benefits of membership in ICPSR? This session is for you!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand and explain what ICPSR offers to the data community, including faculty, students, and others affiliated with your organization, across numerous disciplines.
  2. Understand what options are available to individuals who need:
    • To deposit research data
    • To analyze data for articles or papers
    • Training in or teaching quantitative methods or data curation
    • Data management plans and quotes for inclusion in grant proposals and budgets
  3. Understand, in an era of public access data, why membership in ICPSR matters!

Presenter: Linda Detterman

An Introduction to NADAC - ICPSR's National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture
Broadcast time (EDT): 1:00pm

NADAC's mission is to share research data on arts and culture with researchers, policymakers, people working for arts and culture organizations, and the general public. This session, led by staff managing NADAC, will help attendees to learn about data available from NADAC at the national, state, and local levels. The session will also highlight user-friendly tools for analyzing the data (including for those not experienced with statistical packages), for visualizing the data, and for other ways of using research data to support the arts and culture community.

Presenter: Alison Stroud

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Broadening Access to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data with the Restricted-Use Data Analysis System (R-DAS)
Broadcast time (EDT): Noon (12:00pm)

Learning objectives

  1. Obtain a general understanding of the data and resources available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)
  2. Understand the differences between the public-use and restricted-use National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data files
  3. Locate and access restricted-use NSDUH data in the R-DAS
  4. Successfully complete a cross-tabulation in the R-DAS

Presenters: John Marcotte; David Metcalf; Sarah Rush

Sharing Restricted-Use Data with the Public—Options for Deposit and Access from ICPSR
Broadcast time (EDT): 1:00pm

What is restricted-use data? How is it deposited in ICPSR? How do analysts access restricted-use data housed at ICPSR? This tell-all session will unravel the mysteries of depositing, applying for, and accessing data that is sensitive and/or needs extra security precautions to ensure protections of research subjects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to recognize when data should be reviewed for restricted-use access; know the questions to ask to ensure the proper deposit; understand the difference between direct and indirect identifiers
  2. Understand the general process of applying for use/analysis of restricted-use data held by ICPSR
  3. Understand the different access methods (encrypted download; virtual data enclave (VDE); physical enclave)

Presenters: Linda Detterman; Sue Hodge; Arun Mathur

NAHDAP Orientation - ICPSR's National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program
Broadcast time (EDT): 2:00pm

NAHDAP facilitates research on drug addiction and HIV infection by acquiring and sharing data, particularly those funded by its sponsor, the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This session, led by members of ICPSR's National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program team, will help attendees learn about NAHDAP's services and resources for data depositors and data users. Further, they will orient you and help you locate this information on the NAHDAP website, highlighting selected datasets and data series.

Presenter: Robert Choate

Disclosure Risk Training—For Public-Use or Not For Public Use, That Is the Question
Broadcast time (EDT): 3:00pm

Whether depositing data or publishing results from using data, researchers need to determine whether the data they are sharing are appropriate for public-use or not. This session will provide examples of disclosure risk concerns and will describe techniques to modify data to alleviate disclosure risk, keeping in mind that the goal is always to maximize the usefulness of the data while sufficiently addressing concerns about disclosure. Options for sharing data as restricted-use will also be described.

Presenters: Johanna Bleckman; Kaye Marz

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Meeting Federal Data Sharing Requirements Now and into the Future
Broadcast time (EDT): Noon (12:00pm)

Agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) require data management plans to be included in research proposals. And the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is requiring federal agencies to develop plans to increase public access to results of federally funded scientific research. Join us for a session on sustainable data sharing models, including models for sharing restricted-use data. Overviews of these models and tips for locating public data access services will be provided, as well as resources for creating data management plans for grant applications.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Keen understanding of several sustainable data management/sharing models
  2. Ability to critique data sharing products/services
  3. Knowledge of resources for creating data management plans for grant applications

Presenter: Linda Detterman

OSTP Public Access Plans for Data: An Update
Broadcast time (EDT): 1:00pm

In February 2013, the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a memo directing Federal agencies with an annual R&D budget over $100 million to develop a public access plan for disseminating the results of their research, including digital data. Now, nearly two years since the memo was published, this session provides an update on Federal agencies' public access plans, including the impact on ICPSR member institutions.

Presenter: Jared Lyle

Q&A with MET Staff
Broadcast time (EDT): 2:00pm

The Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (MET LDB) has been available to the research community for almost a year now, and we invite current and potential users to log in for a review of the project and available data, and then stick around for Q&A with the ICPSR staff who manage data file processing and access for secondary analysis. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered about this complex dataset, specifically questions on file organization and structure, as well as data access policies and procedures.

Presenters: Johanna Bleckman; Chris Greene

Public Access Data Sharing at ICPSR: Update on the State of openICPSR
Broadcast time (EDT): 3:00pm

In February 2014, ICPSR launched a public data sharing service known as 'openICPSR.' openICPSR is a research data-sharing service for the social and behavioral sciences that allows the public to access research data at no charge. The service is designed to meet evolving federal agency data sharing and preservation requirements.

This session will reflect upon the first several months of the service, provide updates on features in development for the service, and provide a peek into Institutional openICPSR—a data sharing service developed for institutions and journals who desire a branded, public data-sharing institutional service fully hosted by ICPSR.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the current status and future of openICPSR, deposits and usage during the beta period , and plans for the future
  2. Hear about the results of research conducted with institutions and journals on what features are desired in an institutional data sharing service
  3. See what features and solutions are available for institutions and journals desiring their own public data-sharing service that is powered by openICPSR technology

Presenter: Linda Detterman

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Data, Data Everywhere and Not a Number to Teach!
Broadcast time (EDT): Noon (12:00pm)

Sifting through the many megabytes of data with which we are bombarded each day takes practice. This webinar will focus on teaching students how to evaluate the data with which they come in contact (think Joel Best's books...). We will also present a variety of sources for "numbers" that can be used in teaching and examples of their use. Because working with numerical evidence is as much or more a mindset as it is a set of mathematical skills, the content should be especially helpful for faculty who might otherwise consider themselves "non-quantitative."

Presenter: Lynette Hoelter

What Should I Do with My Research Data? Understanding Deposit Options at ICPSR
Broadcast time (EDT): 1:00pm

Public-access, members-only access, replication archive, special data collections, restricted-use, curated versus bit-level—what data deposit do I choose? And what disciplines are served by these data-sharing services? ICPSR and its hosted archives provide many options for depositing data. Curious or confused about what deposit options are best for your data and/or your institution's data? This session will define and demonstrate data deposit options at ICPSR.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Keen understanding of ICPSR deposit options from the perspective of the data depositor (PI) AND the data user
  2. Ability to identify when data should be considered for restricted-use access (versus on-demand public-use)
  3. Understanding of curated data and its impact on increased utilization and preservation compared to bit-level preservation

Presenter: Linda Detterman

Making Research Methods Fun (or at Least Tolerable)
Broadcast time (EDT): 2:00pm

Can "social research" and "fun" really go together? We all know the value of social research and why learning methods is important, but students are typically not as easily convinced. Learn how to use ICPSR's collection of data and tools to make your research methods course more engaging. We will demonstrate how a variety of concepts—including some of the less exciting ones like operationalization and sampling—can be taught using real data and/or the tools built to support those data.

Presenter: Lynette Hoelter

Out of the Gate(S): Post-Secondary Trajectories and Outcomes of Millennium and Washington Achiever Scholars
Broadcast time (EDT): 3:00pm

The Washington State Achievers Scholarship program (WSA) started as part of an initiative by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund and support 16 high schools in Washington State as they redesigned their schools in order to increase academic achievement for all of their students. In 1999, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation started the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), a 20-year initiative which intends to expand access to higher education for high achieving, low-income minority students.

In 2012, ICPSR's Resource Center for Minority Data ( RCMD) and the Gates Foundation entered into an agreement to make data collected through the two scholarships freely available to the public through ICPSR. This session will provide some methodological and content background on these data and ways to access and analyze these data.

Presenter: David Thomas

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