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Free ICPSR Data Conference on the Web

ICPSR 2009: Real Data in a Virtual World

ICPSR (the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is the large social science data archive at the University of Michigan. Every second year, ICPSR hosts a meeting (in Ann Arbor Michigan) for its “Official Representatives” — one person at each ICPSR member institution. This year, the meeting (October 5-9) is open to all and the meeting is on the web instead of in Ann Arbor.

At the link above, you can find a list of the week long program and sign up for individual sessions.

Government information specialists, particularly those with responsibilities for data and statistics, should set aside time for this! Sessions are interesting and informative. Some examples from the program:

  • Census 2010 & American Community Survey
  • Delivering Research Opportunities to Undergraduates
  • Online Data Analysis Tools

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