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ICPSR to host new U.S. Census Bureau Data Repository

Check out this cool new partnership between the US Census Bureau and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) to archive and preserve data for future use. This deepens the longstanding collaboration between the two organizations. You can find it online at census.icpsr.umich.edu/.

A new U.S. Census Bureau Data Repository has been launched to preserve and disseminate survey instruments, specifications, data dictionaries, codebooks, and other materials provided by the Census Bureau. The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the host of this repository, has also listed additional Census-related data collections from its larger holdings.

This repository helps fulfill key recommendations made by the 2017 “Report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.” Specifically, the repository improves transparency by establishing a “searchable inventory, through which the public can learn about the data that government collects.”  The robust metadata also enable “researchers inside and outside government … [to] be better able to identify which data are needed and useful for answering policy questions, conducting program evaluations, and reducing inefficient and unnecessary data requests.”

This repository continues the long-standing partnership between the US Census Bureau and ICPSR, dating back to the 1960s. During that time, ICPSR digitized historical population and demographic data from the published reports of the US decennial census from 1790 to 1970, and made them available to the scholarly community.

via ICPSR is host of new U.S. Census Bureau Data Repository.

Want to know about ICPSR? well here’s a webinar for you

If you’re an aspiring (or accidental) data librarian, or just want to know more about Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), then here’s a webinar for you!

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This session will cover effective search strategies, ICPSR’s bibliography of data-related literature, our growing tools associated with the social science variables database, and more!

This session is for those who are searching for research data or teaching tools and those who are helping others to find data or teaching tools.
Title: Hands-Ons with ICPSR – Discovering ICPSR Data
Date: Monday, February 25, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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