2023 ICPSR Biennial Meeting - Program & Workshops

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Thank you to all who joined us for the 2023 Biennial Meeting. This information will remain available for reference. Please join us at future ICPSR events, visit Events and subscribe to ICPSR Announce


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 devices for a hands-on experience. Please note that some workshops have limited seating, and attendees with tickets for these workshops will be seated first.

Descriptions of the workshops, sessions, and presenters are listed below as this information becomes available. 


Wednesday, October 4

Join us at the ISR Thompson Building at 426 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 for all Wednesday activities unless otherwise indicated.

Workshop: Understanding Methods Metadata (AKA: “I didn’t take methods and I don’t want to, just tell me what I need to know”)
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am ET

Did you ever wonder what some of the terms in the ICPSR metadata actually mean? This workshop will give you just enough of an introduction to the vocabulary of social research to use the information presented with confidence! We will walk through a number of studies, using the ICPSR Study Home Page, to explain project metadata including the contents of the Scope of Study, Methodology, Versions, and Variables sections. Participants should leave the session with a basic understanding of how to evaluate ICPSR studies based on the methods metadata and a sense of the “methodological breadth” of the collection.

Lunch on Your Own (Explore Ann Arbor)
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Connect with old friends and new as you explore Ann Arbor's delightful culinary options, including these great suggestions from the ICPSR staff: Restaurants in Ann Arbor. Looking for a preorganized lunch group? Contact the Biennial Meeting staff or stop by the registration desk to be paired with other attendees.

Workshop: Depositing, Searching, and Other ICPSR Tips 
Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm ET

In this train-the-trainer workshop, participants will learn about:
1) Sharing data through ICPSR with a sneak peek at the new NIH requirements 
2) Tips for searching ICPSR, including the new Explore Data tool and accessing restricted data
3) New ICPSR tools and new uses for the old favorites 

Time permitting, this session will also include hands-on exploration using tips presented and even some information from the methods metadata workshop (though that is not a prerequisite).

Official and Designated Representative Bootcamp
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET

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 an 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!

OR Presenter(s): Bobray Bordelon, Princeton University; Jane Fry, Carleton University; Ron Nakao, Stanford University

ICPSR Council Welcome Reception (located in the Perry Building Atrium at 330 Packard Street)
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET

Come launch the 2023 Biennial Meeting with ICPSR Council, ICPSR staff, and fellow attendees at the Welcome Reception! Hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided.


Thursday, October 5

Join us at the Michigan League at 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 for all Thursday activities.

Getting to NextGen (breakfast available at 8:30 am)

Time: 9:00 am - 9:45 am ET
Location: Michigan League, Vandenberg Room

Welcome to NextGen ICPSR. This opening to the meeting will be like none other you have attended! As member representatives, you will experience the process of giving and getting feedback on the direction of data tools that will serve you and your patrons into the next generation. After some brief opening remarks and bottomless pots of coffee, we will discuss in roundtable format (perfect for networking!) how various data tools might be used at your institutions. And then there are the drawings for ICPSR swag!

The Future is Now - Introduction to NextGen ICPSR

Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am ET
Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

This session will provide you the launch pad for understanding the ongoing infrastructure and data product/services development that has moved us to NextGen ICPSR. Designed to inspire, this session will provide you an overview of launched, in-development, and in ideation-mode data projects and tools designed to get more data discovered, shared, and analyzed within your institutions. 

Lightspeed Talks

Time: 11:00 am - 11:50 am ET
Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

Learn about ICPSR projects and resources in short, innovative presentations. Lightspeed Talks in this session include the Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA), Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR)Patient-Centered Outcomes Data Repository (PCODR), and National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA).

Luncheon & NextGen State of the Consortium
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ET
Location: Michigan League, Ballroom

Maggie Levenstein, Director of ICPSR, shares an update on ICPSR and what's coming next.

Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Research: How ICPSR Helps Investigators Adhere to the NIH DMS Policy 

Time: 1:30 pm - 1:55 pm ET
Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

Under the 2023 National Institute of Health (NIH) Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy, investigators are expected to budget for the managing and sharing of data, submit a DMS Plan when applying for funding, and comply with the Plan. This session will outline the ways in which ICPSR supports investigators during the grant application process, and how to describe ICPSR deposits in the DMS plan.

NextGen Access - Researcher Passport, Restricted Data Applications, and authorizing data users

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:25 pm ET
Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

The anticipation of digging into the perfect data can be similar to dreaming of a trip to a far-off land -- and ICPSR's Researcher Passport will help get you there (well, to the data, sadly not to the far-off land). In the spirit of strengthening the infrastructure of social research, we are enhancing the MyData login (authentication and credentialing) and restricted data access systems. This presentation will introduce the Researcher Passport and the new restricted data application system and highlight the benefits to users. Don't worry, we'll leave the "tech speak" at home (see what we did there?) so you can easily envision your next journey into the world of data. 

Finding and Applying to Use Restricted Federal Data Just Got Easier!

Time: 2:30 pm - 2:55 pm ET
Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

ICPSR has been working closely with the agencies and programs in the federal statistical system to enable discovery of and application for their restricted microdata. The result, ResearchDataGov.org, is a central "hub" of metadata about the restricted data assets from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the 14 other organizations within the statistical system. Once researchers identify a dataset they wish to use, they can apply for access using a standardized application process built right into the website. This presentation will provide an introduction to the federal mandate behind ResearchDataGov.org and demonstrate the process of finding and applying for data.

Lightspeed Talks

Time: 3:15 pm - 3:55 pm ET
Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

Learn about ICPSR projects and resources in short, innovative presentations. Lightspeed Talks in this session include the ICPSR Bibliography of Data-related Literature, ICPSR's Computer and Networking Services, Qualitative Data Sharing (QDS) Project Series, and Data Privacy and Security for Restricted Data.

ICPSR Trivia Game

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:25 pm ET
Location: Michigan League, Michigan Room

A fun and informative trivia session with great prizes.

Data Analysis Training at Any Level, Any Time through the ICPSR Summer Program

Time: 4:30 pm - 4:55 pm ET
Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

The Next Gen Summer Program experience is here! The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods is the perfect place for anyone, students or professionals, to learn new skills or get a refresher in all manner and levels of research methods, statistics, and data analysis. Educational experiences around the world have changed, and we're no exception. All workshops, courses, and lectures are now delivered live and also recorded, with class materials available until December 31. So if you can't make the dates a workshop is held, you can catch up on your time. With well over $300,000 in scholarships each year, discounts for ICPSR members, and many open discounts including group discounts for 4+ people from the same unit, there are lots of ways to save on registration! We've also rolled out on-campus housing options and so much more. Join us at this session for all the latest from the Summer Program.

The Next Generation of Data Users - a roundtable happy hour

Time: 5 pm ET - 6 pm ET
Location: Michigan League, Michigan Room

An informal round table session where ICPSR staff and friends will share updates resources for students, such as the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods and the ICPSR Data Communication Scholarship (formerly the Research Paper Competition). You won't want to miss the insider information shared here about the new programs coming soon from ICPSR.

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

Join meeting attendees for dinner, conversation, and the presentation of the Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences, the William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Services as an ICPSR Official Representative, and the Piper Simmons Data Contributor of the Year Award. Dress is business casual.


Friday, October 6

Join us at the Michigan League at 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 for all Friday activities.

Additional session information to come.

Modernizing the ICPSR Website (breakfast available at 8:30 am)

Time: 9:00 am - 9:45 am ET
Location: Michigan League, Vandenberg Room

ICPSR is modernizing its website! How can ICPSR make it easier to discover content? This session will garner your feedback, orient you to content about data that you may not have known existed(!), and provide time for networking with your fellow attendees. And once again, there will be drawings for swag! This will be an eye-opening session to begin the last day of the ICPSR 2023 Biennial Meeting!

SOMAR: Exploring the Innovations of the Social Media Archive @ ICPSR

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am ET
Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

Join us for a presentation about the groundbreaking Social Media Archive (SOMAR) at socialmediaarchive.org. Discover how SOMAR revolutionizes the way we preserve and explore the vast digital landscapes of social media data. In this session, we will delve into the importance of archiving social media data and the invaluable insights it offers to future generations.

Meet the SOMAR staff who will explore the key features and functionalities of SOMAR, showcase the practical applications of SOMAR, and its advanced capabilities in organizing and preserving the ever-evolving world of social media data. Learn about the cutting-edge technologies employed to curate a comprehensive archive and democratize access to some of the most consequential information in contemporary society.

Marketing Data Services

Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 am ET
Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

It is important for all ICPSR ORs and DRs to make sure that your campus knows about you and the wealth of ICPSR resources available. This session will discuss practical strategies for outreach and marketing, that is, why, when, where, who, what and how. Jane Fry, one of ICPSR's award-winning Official Representatives, leads this session on how to get the word out about data services on campus and beyond. 

Box Lunch Pick-Up
Time: 11:30 am - Noon
Location: Box lunches will be available near the session room.

Lightspeed Talks (with box lunch)

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm ET
Location: Michigan League, Hussey Room

Learn about ICPSR projects and resources in short, innovative presentations. Lightspeed Talks in this session include the upcoming GI Bill record digitization and linkage project, updates from ICPSR's Curation team, MICA (Measuring the Impacts of Curation Activities), the Social, Behavioral, and Economic COVID Coordinating Center (SBE CCC)National Neighborhood Data Archive (NaNDA), and the Decennial Census Digitization & Linkage Project.

Buses Depart for Detroit Metro Airport
Time: 1:30 pm-1:45 pm
Location: Bus departs promptly at 1:45 outside Michigan League

Catch a friendly ride to the airport for an approximate 2:45 pm arrival at DTW.