The 2012 ICPSR Data Fair
The ICPSR 2012 Data Fair, titled "Analyzing Election Data with ICPSR," took place October 1-3. The series of webcasts focused on election data held in ICPSR's archives, and how to use them for analysis and teaching. It also included several sessions on orienting new users to ICPSR services, including how to navigate our new website and an introduction to our classroom resources.
Please follow the links below to view videos of the webinars on the ICPSR YouTube channel. Links are also available from the YouTube videos to the slides from each presentation.
What data do ICPSR have, and how can they be accessed? ICPSR Membership and Marketing Director Linda Detterman provides an overview of ICPSR's services, including hands-on demonstrations of how to download datasets.
ICPSR recently redesigned its website, allowing for more efficient searching and easier navigation. Web project manager Matthew Richardson guides 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.
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 is 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.
ICPSR offers a variety of materials for use in social science classes. Director of Instructional Resources Lynnette Hoelter describes the available resources and how to use them.
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 moderates a panel discussion on how to promote awareness of ICPSR resources at your institution and meet your institution's unique data needs. Participants were: 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.
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, explains what the survey measures, how it is conducted, and how the data are managed.
Libbie Stephenson, ICPSR's Official Representative from the University of California at Los Angeles, provides tips on using the ANES website and ICPSR's ANES information effectively. She demonstrates 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 also briefly describes a new partnership between ICPSR and ANES to provide metadata markup so that information in all files is easier to find and use.
Andrea Benjamin, political science professor at the University of North Carolina, gives an overview of her research on minority voting behavior, focusing on the ability of in-group endorsements to move Black and Latino voters. David Thomas, archive manager with ICPSR's Resource Center for Minority Data, also provides a short presentation on the available data on minority voting behavior held by ICPSR and how to use them.
John Garcia, director of ICPSR's Resource Center for Minority Data, discusses Latino electoral participation, the Latino National Survey, and other data resources.
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, were 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.
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, led 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.
ICPSR's Online Learning Center and TeachingWithData.org website include several activities that use election data to illustrate basic concepts in political science. Lynette Hoelter, ICPSR's Director of Instructional Resources, highlights specific resources and provide concrete examples of classroom use.
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