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Workshop: Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation

Announcement of Workshop:
Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation
August 9-13, 2010
Ann Arbor Michigan

Chuck Humphrey, Head of the Data Library, University of Alberta
Jim Jacobs, Data Services Librarian Emeritus, University of California San Diego

This five-day workshop is being offered for individuals who manage or provide local support services for ICPSR and other numeric data for quantitative research.

Providing access to data has taken on greater prominence over this past decade with the emergence of several significant developments, including, e-Science infrastructure funding, the open data movement, national and institutional digital preservation strategies & services, data enclaves for confidential data, lifecycle data management planning, and data mash-up technologies on the Internet. Given these major environmental changes, how does one plan and design appropriate levels of data service in her or his local institution?

This workshop is structured around a five-stage data lifecycle model that focuses on data production, data dissemination, data repositories, data discovery and data repurposing. A day is dedicated to each stage in this model during which discussions address issues for local data services and computer exercises demonstrate service activities. In this context, fundamental data topics are covered, including understanding the data reference interview, working with variables, interpreting data documentation, coping with various dissemination formats, accessing different online services (e.g., SDA and Nesstar), searching for social science data, subsetting data using Web-based tools, selecting and downloading ICPSR data, and options for local data delivery. Throughout the workshop, an emphasis will be placed on social science concepts and terminology, as well as on practical solutions to service delivery.

Who Should Attend: Anyone who is new to providing services for numeric social science data or is seeking to revitalize an existing service. This is not a course in statistics and attendees are not expected to know how to analyze data.

Online Registration:

Workshop will remain open only until the Summer Program office has received 20 paid applications.

If you have questions about registration, fees, travel, housing, or other courses at the ICPSR Summer program, please get in touch with ICPSR directly:

If you have any questions about the workshop content, please feel free
to send email to Chuck or Jim:

Chuck: humphrey at
Jim: jajacobs at

Dates: August 9-13, 2010
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI.
Fees (Participants from ICPSR member institutions): $1,500
Fees (Participants from institutions that are not members of ICPSR): $3,000

List of ICPSR member institutions and Official Representatives:

Information about transportation and housing:

This workshop is part of the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

James A. Jacobs
jajacobs at

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