Data Fair Schedule

(All times listed are Eastern.)

Monday, October 1

11-11:50 a.m.: General Orientation to ICPSR

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What data does ICPSR have, and how can they be accessed? ICPSR Membership and Marketing Director Linda Detterman will provide an overview of ICPSR's services, including hands-on demonstrations of how to download datasets.

12-12:50 p.m.: Navigating the New ICPSR website

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ICPSR recently redesigned its website, allowing for more efficient searching and easier navigation. Web project manager Matthew Richardson will guide users through the new features in two chapters.

Chapter One - The New ICPSR Web Site - A brief presentation highlighting the changes on the new website and the reasons behind those changes. Attendees are welcome to email questions in advance if they would like particular topics discussed during the session. Email questions to:

Chapter Two - Why You're Bad at Search: Because Search Has Changed and You Haven't - SOLR supports natural language searching, but changing one's search methods is about as comfortable as changing one's religion. This will be a discussion of different searching strategies and how they work on the ICPSR site, as well as a talk on the transition from Boolean searching to natural language searching.

1-1:50 p.m.: ICPSR in the Classroom

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ICPSR offers a variety of materials for use in social science classes. Director of Instructional Resources Lynnette Hoelter will outline the available resources and how to use them.

2-2:50 p.m.: Promoting ICPSR on Your Campus

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ICPSR data can open doors to research in a wide range of social science disciplines, including sociology, economics, political science, public health, and many others. In this session, ICPSR Membership and Marketing Director Linda Detterman will moderate a panel discussion on how to promote awareness of ICPSR resources at your institution and meet your institution's unique data needs. Participants will be: Libbie Stephenson, University of California at Los Angeles; Lynda Kellam, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Paula Lackie, Carleton College; and Katharin Peter, University of Southern California. Your questions and ideas during this panel session are encouraged!

Tuesday, October 2

11-11:50 a.m.: The American National Election Studies: An Introduction

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ICPSR holds data from the American National Election Studies (ANES), the groundbreaking study of Americans' voting behavior, dating back to 1948. This session, led by David Thomas, archive manager with ICPSR's Resource Center for Minority Data, will explain what the survey measures, how it is conducted, and how the data are managed.

12-12:50 p.m.: The American National Election Study: Finding Hidden Treasure

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Libbie Stephenson, ICPSR's Official Representative from the University of California at Los Angeles, will provide tips on using the ANES website and ICPSR's ANES information effectively. She will demonstrate the unique features of each site, including the variety of easily accessible tables and time series information available at the click of a mouse and the search capabilities on both sites. ICPSR Assistant Director Mary Vardigan will also briefly describe a new partnership between ICPSR and ANES to provide metadata markup so that information in all files is easier to find and use.

1-1:50 p.m.: Minority Voting Behavior

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Andrea Benjamin, political science professor at the University of North Carolina, will give an overview of her research on minority voting behavior, focusing on the ability of in-group endorsements to move Black and Latino voters. Prior to Dr. Benjamin's talk, David Thomas, archive manager with ICPSR's Resource Center for Minority Data, will provide a short presentation on the available data on minority voting behavior held by ICPSR and how to use them.

2-2:50 p.m.: Latino Voting Behavior and the National Latino Survey

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John Garcia, director of ICPSR's Resource Center for Minority Data, will discuss Latino electoral participation, the Latino National Survey, and other data resources.

Wednesday, October 3

11-11:50 a.m.: Elections, Polling, and Politics .... Oh, My!

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ICPSR's holdings in election and polling data are deep and wide. David Thomas of the Resource Center for Minority Data at ICPSR and Peter Granda, director of ICPSR's General Archive, will be joined by Lois Timms-Ferrara, Associate Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut to highlight the election and political polling studies available for secondary analysis and review. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and explore the vast holdings of these two friendly competitor archives.

12-12:50 p.m.: SETUPS: The ANES in the Classroom

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The Supplemental Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science (SETUPS) have been widely used by political science instructors since the 1970s. Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo, the creators of Voting Behavior: The 2008 Election as well as past SETUPS editions, will lead this session and describe how this series of activities can be used to teach students about survey research and data analysis as they examine patterns in voting behavior. Prysby and Scavo will include tips for classroom use of the exercises and maybe even some hints about the 2012 version!

1-1:50 p.m.: Election Data in the Classroom

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ICPSR's Online Learning Center and website include several activities that use election data to illustrate basic concepts in political science. Lynette Hoelter, ICPSR's Director of Instructional Resources, will highlight specific resources and provide concrete examples of classroom use.