Program & Workshops

Presenters for this year's program are taking an orientation and training approach. Wi-Fi will be available in the meeting rooms, and we encourage you to bring your laptops for a hands-on approach. Please note that workshops have limited seating, and space will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 2015 Program Overview (xlsx) is available. Descriptions of the workshops and sessions, and the presenters are listed below as this information becomes available.

Presentation slides and materials, when provided, will be posted as received, whether that is before, during, or after the meeting. Presentation materials are found under the respective session in the section labeled Session Materials. Recordings and provided materials will be posted on ICPSR's YouTube channel approximately one week after the meeting and will be found under the Playlist titled, 2015 ICPSR Meeting.

Wednesday, September 30

  • WORKSHOP: "Just the Facts, Please." Understanding Methods Metadata
    Time: 8:00am - 11:00am
    Location: ISR Thompson 1430

    Weights? Panel study? Universe? Ever wonder what the terms in the "Methodology" metadata mean? ICPSR datasets are described in detail by the research methods employed while collecting and analyzing the data. The metadata can be somewhat of a mystery or even intimidating for those not trained in data collection (methods) or analysis techniques. This workshop will give you just enough of an introduction to the vocabulary of social research to use this information confidently. We will walk through a number studies, using the ICPSR Study Home Page, to explain project metadata including the contents of the Scope of Study, Methodology, Versions, and Variables. After a thorough review of several different types of studies, attendees will be released to the ICPSR archive to find other studies and practice what they have learned. You'll review the methods metadata in groups and share your interpretations of these sections. Participants will benefit by bringing laptops and/or tablets to this session.

    Presenter(s): Lynette Hoelter, ICPSR
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  • WORKSHOP: Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-Use
    Time: 8:00am - 11:00am
    Location: ISR Thompson 1430

    Participants will learn about best practices for curating and managing research data, how to apply them to daily operations, and the types of tools that can assist. This workshop borrows highlights from the five-day workshop offered during the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Laptops with will be provided for this workshop with a need to assign two attendees per laptop. Attendees may find it beneficial to bring their own laptops and/or tablets to this session for portions of the workshop. This workshop is limited to 30 attendees.

    Presenter(s): Jared Lyle, ICPSR
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  • Data Data Everywhere & Not a Number to Teach
    Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location: ISR Thompson 1430

    Sifting through the many megabytes of data that we are bombarded with 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." Participants will benefit by bringing laptops and/or tablets to this session.

    Presenter(s): Lynette Hoelter, ICPSR
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  • A Tour through the Statistical Software Maze
    Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location: ISR Thompson 1430

    ICPSR offers data in a variety of statistical software formats as well as online analysis (Survey Documentation and Analysis, or SDA) capabilities. This hands-on introduction will enable attendees to get to know the software and SDA, removing curiosity and perhaps some trepidation. Note: this is an introductory workshop—no statistical background is assumed. Laptops with will be provided for this workshop with a need to assign two attendees per laptop. Attendees may find it beneficial to bring their own laptops and/or tablets to this session for portions of the workshop. This workshop is limited to 30 attendees.

    Presenter(s): David Thomas, ICPSR
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  • OR/DR Boot Camp! Fundamentals and the Evolution of the Official and Designated Representative Role
    Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location: ISR Thompson 1430

    This session for new (and not so new) OR/DRs will cover details on the organization of ICPSR and its governance, roles and responsibilities of the OR, where and to whom you can go for help, location and use of the ICPSR website, tips and tools for helping your users, and promoting ICPSR on your campus. The workshop will include hands-on exercises resulting in opportunity to network with fellow ORs. We also will orient you to new research projects at ICPSR and introduce you to some outstanding ORs.

    This session is a must for those who are new to ICPSR as well as those looking to get back in shape as the consortium evolves to meet changing data curation and data sharing needs. Come learn what makes this organization and the data it distributes so great!

    Presenter(s): Katherine McNeill, MIT; Libbie Stephenson, UCLA
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  • ICPSR Council Welcome Reception
    Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Location: Perry Building Atrium (ICPSR Headquarters)

Thursday, October 1

  • Networking Breakfast
    Time: 8:00am-9:00am
    Location: Michigan Union: Continental breakfast will be available in the session rooms.

  • Delivering Data Services to your Institution
    Time: 9:00am - 10:20am
    Location: Michigan Union: Kuenzel

    This session is a glimpse into the Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation, which caters to individuals who manage or support local services for ICPSR and other research data for quantitative analysis. The session will briefly highlight the fundamental topics covered in the workshop, including what are social science data services; a matrix of potential services to offer; and evaluating what is right for your organization and next steps.

    Presenter(s): Bobray Bordelon, Princeton University; Jane Fry, Carleton University; Ron Nakao, Stanford University
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  • Bringing Data into the Classroom
    Time: 9:00am - 10:20am
    Location: Michigan Union: Anderson

    Explore the many data tools, content resources, and opportunities ICPSR has developed to assist in getting data into the classroom. We will even debut a few new resources at this session. Time will be left for discussion among attendees about how they have incorporated those ICPSR tools into the classroom and encouraged others on their campus to do so. Learn what works (and what doesn't) from those who have tried it.

    Presenter(s): Lynette Hoelter, ICPSR
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  • ICPSR Featured Datasets Session
    Time: 10:30am - 11:50am
    Location: Michigan Union: Kuenzel

    This session will orient attendees to four popular studies (datasets) curated and shared by ICPSR and its sponsored archives including NACDA, Research Connections, and our newest sponsored archive, NADAC.

    • The Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior. Initiated in the late 1940s by the Survey Research Center here at the Institute for Social Research, the Surveys of Consumers are used to calculate the Index of Consumer Sentiment. In addition, the data are used to evaluate consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why these changes occur and to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases. This session will highlight the Surveys of Consumers Website managed by the Survey Research Center, and illustrate how ICPSR's archive of these collections differs from what users can obtain from that web site. Additionally, how each center (ICPSR, ISR, SRC) contributes and collaborates to this data series will be discussed.
    • 120 Million Deaths and Counting: Managing 55 Years of Mortality Data at ICPSR. A nice discussion of the Mortality Detail Files and Multiple Cause of Death collections at ICPSR.
    • National Survey of Early Care and Education. The National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) is a set of four integrated, nationally representative surveys conducted in 2012. These were surveys of (1) households with children under 13, (2) home-based providers (3) center-based providers, and (4) the center-based provider workforce. The National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) documents the nation's current utilization and availability of early care and education (including school-age care), in order to deepen the understanding of the extent to which families' needs and preferences coordinate well with providers' offerings and constraints. This session will discuss the purpose of the study and data collection efforts and demonstrate finding and downloading the files, as well as highlight the resources we have available to aid secondary analysts with this complex data set.
    • Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) is the nation's largest and most reliable survey of how American adults (ages 18 and older) engage with the arts. On behalf of the NEA, the United States Census Bureau has conducted the survey six times since 1982, with the most recent wave occurring in 2012. The survey provides information on participation in various artistic activities for the corresponding years from household members aged 18 or older in the sampled U.S. households. This session will describe two SPPA datasets: SPPA 2012 and the combined SPPA data from 1982, 1985, 1992, 2002, 2008, and 2012. In addition, illustrations will be shown in how trend analyses over time periods can be done with the combined SPPA file and how data can be analyzed with the cross-sectional SPPA 2012 and its 5 data modules. The discussion will highlight the online resources the NADAC has available to aid data users in their secondary analysis.

    Presenter(s): Kathryn Frania, ICPSR; Rebecca McBee, SRC; Kelly Chatain, ISR; James McNally, NACDA; Johanna Bleckman, Education Archives; Kaye Marz & Alison Stroud, NADAC
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  • Building Research Data Management Services
    Time: 10:30am - 11:50am
    Location: Michigan Union: Anderson

    Join this panel of fellow data stewards as they describe their efforts to build research data management services at their institutions. Come with questions and share your experiences and challenges too!

    Presenter(s): Panel Session
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  • ICPSR Business Meeting
    Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Location: Michigan Union: Ballroom

    Presenter(s): Chris Achen, ICPSR Council Chair, Princeton University; George Alter, ICPSR Director
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  • Networking Round Tables Round I - Led by ORs
    Time: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
    Location: Michigan Union: Anderson

  • Networking Round Tables Round II - Led by ICPSR Staff
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Location: Michigan Union: Anderson

  • ICPSR Awards Banquet
    Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Location: Michigan League Ballroom

Friday, October 2

  • Networking Breakfast
    Time: 8:00am-8:30am
    Location: Michigan Union: Continental breakfast will be available in the session rooms.

  • Data Visualization
    Time: 8:30am - 9:50am
    Location: Michigan Union: Kuenzel

    Get visual with this session that will show and tell about standard techniques of data visualization and power tools for understanding data. See various graphical techniques, from simple to advanced, and discuss principles of good data presentation.

    Presenter(s): Ryan Womack, Rutgers University
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  • All About ICPSR
    Time: 8:30am - 9:50am
    Location: Michigan Union: Anderson

    ICPSR has been in the data-sharing business for 53 years. There are many parts to the organization supporting its core mission to acquire, preserve, and share data. This session will cover the core as well as highlight areas of teaching and education, data management and curation services, and our data collections including our newest collections, The National Archive of Data on Arts & Culture, The Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and Research, and openICPSR.

    Presenter(s): ICPSR Staff
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  • The Sleuthful Data Steward: Strategies to Discover Research Data on your Campus & Argue for its Deposit
    Time: 10:00am - 11:20am
    Location: Michigan Union: Kuenzel

    As a Data Steward, do you suspect there are data on your campuses or within your institution that should be shared and preserved? Have you argued unsuccessfully for its deposit? Join our Acquisitions team for strategies to discover data and convince researchers to deposit. Audience success strategies and stories (participation) will be encouraged!

    Presenter(s): Amy Pienta, ICPSR; Justin Noble, ICPSR
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  • Understanding ICPSR Data (Deposit) Sharing Options
    Time: 10:00am - 11:20am
    Location: Michigan Union: Anderson

    ICPSR has several options for depositing, curating, and sharing research data. This session will cover the options including the member archive, agency archives, openICPSR (public access), and importantly, how you determine which option suits the dataset needs. ICPSR options and considerations regarding sharing restricted-use data are also included in this session.

    Presenter(s): Linda Detterman, ICPSR
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  • Box Lunch Pick-Up
    Time: 11:30am-Noon
    Location: Box lunches will be available in the session rooms.

  • Data Management Plans-from Writing to Reward
    Time: Noon - 1:20pm
    Location: Michigan Union: Anderson

    This session will provide attendees with practical advice and resources for writing a data management plan. The session will also cover how the ICPSR Acquisitions team estimates data curation costs for inclusion in grant/contract budgets as well as describe support letters and plan elements that benefit successful grant/contract awards.

    Presenter(s): Amy Pienta, ICPSR;
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  • Data Repository Best Practices - Guidelines and Tales from the Field
    Time: Noon - 1:20pm
    Location: Michigan Union: Kuenzel

    Developing a data repository involves many decisions - for example, what kinds of data will you accept? What level of curation will you perform? What types of staff members do you need? What policies will you put into place? The repository needs to think broadly about processes and procedures for all of its activities, from acquisitions, to preservation, to data sharing. This session will cover best practices in developing discipline-focused repositories, illustrated with a real-life example provided by ICPSR staff who traveled to Ghana to collaborate with the University of Cape Coast in establishing a data repository.

    Presenter(s): Doctor Ashe, ICPSR
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  • Bring Your Own Data to Publish - BYOD!
    Time: by appointment
    Location: Michigan Union: Pond Room
    Do you or someone you know have data ready to deposit with ICPSR? Don't have data but would like to learn about the process of depositing data with ICPSR? Schedule a one-on-one drop-in appointment. Register for drop-in during registration for the ICPSR meeting.

  • Buses Depart for Detroit Metro Airport
    Time: 1:30pm-1:45pm
    Location: Outside Michigan Union

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