Sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, the “Data Matters: Data Science Short Course Series” is a week-long series of classes for researchers, data analysts, and other individuals who wish to increase their skills in data studies and integrate data science methods into their research designs and skill sets. Scholars, analysts, and researchers from all disciplines and industries are welcome. Both one- and two-day courses will be offered; participants are welcome to register for one, two, or three classes.
The Data Matters Short Course Series is structured in three blocks: June 22-23, June 24, and June 25-26.The schedule for each day will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Three courses are offered concurrently in each block. You can choose just one course from each block. Courses are independent of each other; there is no predetermined sequence.
Courses will be offered on Information Visualization, R, Internet of Things Data, Data Curation, Data Sharing, Data Mining, Big Data and more. You can find course descriptions and the schedule at http://datamatters.org/. Courses will be held at the Friday Center at UNC Chapel Hill.
UNC Charlotte is a member of NCDS (National Consortium for Data Science) and therefore you can register at the discounted rate.
Registration for the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) 2015 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is now open.
The ICPSR Summer Program offers lectures and workshops in a wide variety of topics in research design, quantitative reasoning, statistical methods, and data processing. Many of these courses are presented in two four-week sessions held on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first session runs from June 22-July 17, 2015. The second session runs from July 20-August 14, 2015.
From May through August, the ICPSR Summer Program also offers more than 45 three- to five-day workshops on both statistical and substantive topics. Many of these short workshops take place in Ann Arbor, but several are held in other locations, including Amherst, MA; Berkeley, CA; Boulder, CO; Chapel Hill, NC; Manhattan, NY; and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Several noteworthy features of the 2015 Summer Program include:
- A 15% discount on registration fees for returning Summer Program participants*
- A 15% discount on total registration fees when you register for two or more 3- to 5-day statistical workshops*
- New workshop offerings on Methodological Issues in the Study of Biopolitics, Regression Discontinuity Designs, Designing and Conducting Experiments in the Laboratory, Advanced Data Analytics, and Qualitative Research Methods
*See Discounts for further details.
Below is a list of workshops offered at UNC Chapel Hill:
- Latent Growth Curve Models (LGCM): A Structural Equation Modeling Approach (May 18-22)
- Growth Mixture Models: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach (May 27-29)
- Introduction to Spatial Regression Analysis (June 8-10)
- An Applied Introduction to Bayesian Methods (August 3-5)
- Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (August 5-7)
- Qualitative Research Methods (August 10-12) (NEW!)
- Analyzing Social Networks: An Introduction (August 10-14)
Registration is now open! You can find the course list, schedule and registration fees at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/index.jsp. UNC Charlotte is a member of ICPSR and therefore you can register at the member rate.
Several scholarships are available for graduate students and pre-tenure scholars to attend the four-week sessions (but not the workshops). Additional funding opportunities may be available by individual departments or colleges on campus. Please inform your graduate students about these opportunities.
The 2014 ICPSR Data Fair is open for registration!
Link to webinar registration page: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/membership/datafair/index.html. Webinars are FREE and registration is required.
The theme for this year’s fair is Powering Sustainable Data Access. Webinars will be held October 6-9, 2014.
The call for public sharing/public access to scientific research data continues to grow. Initially there seemed to be little recognition of the need to finance public access to research data, but fortunately funding-sustained public access is making its way into the conversation.
For many years, ICPSR has hosted several public-access research data archives that are sustained by federal and foundation funding. ICPSR’s 2014 Data Fair will feature webinars about many of these archives and collections, including an introduction to the National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture; the R-DAS collection at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive; two Gates Foundation-funded collections at the Resource Center for Minority Data; an orientation to the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program; and a Q & A about the Gates Foundation-funded Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database.
You will find descriptions of these webinars in the Data Fair program. Other offerings will include a presentation about ICPSR’s current efforts to fund and achieve sustainable public-access data sharing models, including its newly launched collection known as openICPSR.
Also of note, ICPSR will launch the Data Fair with an orientation webinar focused on our membership archive – composed of a data collection and related teaching resources that have been sustained successfully for over 52 years. Membership matters, and this webinar titled, “Understanding ICPSR,” will provide members – and those exploring membership – with in-depth tours of ICPSR’s research data services education resources, and the benefits of membership.
We invite you to join us for one or all fourteen webinars airing October 6-9, 2014!
Recordings and slide decks (when available) will be placed on ICPSR’s YouTube Channel. Look for the playlist titled, “2014 Data Fair.”
Registration for the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) 2014 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is now open.
The ICPSR Summer Program offers lectures and workshops in a wide variety of topics in research design, quantitative reasoning, statistical methods, and data processing. Many of these courses are presented in two four-week sessions held on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first session runs from June 23-July 18, 2014. The second session runs from July 21-August 15, 2014.
From May through August, the ICPSR Summer Program also offers more than 35 three- to five-day workshops on both statistical and substantive topics. Many of these short workshops take place in Ann Arbor, but several are held in other locations, including Amherst, MA; Berkeley, CA; Boulder, CO; Chapel Hill, NC; Manhattan, NY; and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Several noteworthy features of the 2014 Summer Program include:
• A 15% discount on registration fees for returning Summer Program participants
• A 15% discount on total registration fees when you register for two or more 3- to 5-day workshops (does not include sponsored substantive workshops)
• A continuing emphasis on data science, network analysis, and multilevel modeling
• Courses of special interest to diverse audiences, including “Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity,” “Collaborative Multi-Racial and Ethnic Political Survey,” and “The Pathways to Desistance Study: Analyzing the Life Event Calendar Data for Substance Abuse”
• Several new 3- to 5-day workshops, including “Bayesian Methods for Prevention and Intervention Science” and “Latent Class Analysis in Social Science Research”
• The new four-week workshop “Empirical Modeling for Theory Evaluation,” exploring EITM-themed materials
See below for a list of workshops offered at UNC Chapel Hill:
• Analyzing Social Networks: An Introduction (August 4-8)
• Mixed Methods: Approaches for Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Research Strategies (June 16-18)
• Growth Mixture Models: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach (June 9-11)
• Latent Growth Curve Models (LGCM): A Structural Equation Modeling Approach (June 2-6)
Registration is now open! You can find the course list and schedule at https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/. UNC Charlotte is a member of ICPSR and therefore you can register at the member rate.
Several scholarships are available for graduate students to attend the four-week sessions (but not the workshops). Additional funding opportunities may be available by individual departments or colleges on campus.
Below are upcoming workshops for UNC Charlotte faculty and graduate students.
Overview of the UNC Charlotte Data Repository
This session is for researchers who have data sets that they wish to publish and share. The session will be primarily of interest to social science researchers. There will be a short overview of the evolving concept of research data as a formal product of the research process. We will briefly discuss methods for making data easy to find and share and citation of data sets. The session includes an introduction and demonstration of the data repository that is supported at the UNC Charlotte library.
Wednesday, February 12, Atkins 273, 11 am – 12 pm Register
Learn about additional Digital Scholarship Lab workshops on author’s rights, copyright, publishing an open access journal with the library, and usability services: http://dsl.uncc.edu/dsl/events.
Navigating Census Data Sets
Project Mosaic, established by the University to enhance social and behavioral science research, will sponsor the workshop “Navigating Census Data Sets” at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, in Atkins Library, Room 273. Registration is required.
Reese Manceaux from the Digital Scholarship Lab will lead this short course, which is an introduction to U.S. Census data sets. It will cover the following topics:
Introduction to the Decennial Census, the American Community Survey and the Population Estimates Program and the differences between these resources. Participants will learn about different Census geographies and how to download the data
Introduction to using the American FactFinder. Participants will learn about ACS estimates, when to use one-, three- or five-year estimates and how to access online maps
Short overview of other tools that use Census data: SimplyMap, DataFerrett, IPUMS, Geolytics CD data in the library
How to get FactFinder downloads into ArcGIS
Learn about additional Project Mosaic workshops on Stata, SAS, GIS, qualitative software, and more: https://projectmosaic.uncc.edu/calendar/2014-02.
Webinar: Resources for Health Research from ICPSR
This free webinar will provide information to Official Representatives, research scientists, faculty, and students about the wide variety of health-related data available from ICPSR. We will describe the kinds of data and other resources housed in our archive, how you can access them, and the tools available for statistical analyses.
Directors of the following specialized archives at ICPSR will discuss their mission, archival holdings, and research resources:
- Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR)
- Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA)
- National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP)
- National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)
Wednesday, February 26, 4-5 PM ET. Learn more and register.
As a member of ICPSR, UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and students have full access to the ICPSR data archive. Members also receive discounted tuition rates for ICPSR courses in quantitative methods of social research. The schedule for the 2014 ICPSR Summer Program is now available: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/. Registration opens February 10.
The Center for Applied GIScience, the Atkins Library Digital Scholarship Lab, and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Office of Academic Technologies are partnering to host a series of workshops on Friday, Nov. 22, in the Digital Scholarship Lab classroom (Atkins 273 – UNC Charlotte) to introduce faculty and graduate students to GIS tools and resources that they can use in their research.
Session 1: Introduction to GIS. This workshop will present an overview of GIS software and data. Participants will learn about the strengths of different GIS software packages for their research, the fundamental types of data that GIS software employs, and an overview of how to load and manipulate GIS data. By the end of this session, participants should have a basic understanding of the research and analytical tasks that GIS tools enable and begin to choose the tools that will work best for their specific research needs.
Friday, November 22, Atkins 273, 10 am – 11:30 am, Register
Session 2: Adding GIS Data to Your Research Project. This session focuses on combining data in GIS formats with other types of data that researchers in the social sciences commonly use. The instructor will demonstrate how to merge and join data in a range of GIS and non-GIS formats to produce integrated datasets that can they be analyzed with typical statistical tools. For example, the session will demonstrate how to join and analyze data at levels including individual addresses, ZIP codes, census tracts, and counties. By the end of this session, attendees will have skills to able to find and join their own data.
Friday, November 22, Atkins 273, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Register
Session 3: Overview of Research Themes of Center for Applied GIScience. Led by Wenwu Tang, Assistant Professor, Director of Computing and Technology for the Center for Applied GIScience. An important goal of this session is to expose participants to the range of advanced research capabilities at CAGIS and to encourage discussions of research collaboration with faculty in other fields. By the end of this session, participants should have a good sense of the activities of CAGIS, be able to identify potential collaborators, and understand how CAGIS’ advances might contribute to their research. The Center’s strengths include: CyberGIS: Cyberinfrastructure-enabled high-performance computing (HPC) to accelerate spatial analysis and using state-of-the-art HPC resources to maximize efficiencies and increase research productivity; Big spatial data analytics; Space-time Modeling and GeoVisualization.
Friday, November 22, Atkins 273, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Register
ICPSR (the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is a unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a member of ICPSR, UNC Charlotte faculty and students are able to discover and retrieve important data sets for their research. ICPSR also offers many learning opportunities for students and faculty. Please share information about the Summer Undergraduate Internship Program with any students that you believe might be interested.
Applications are being accepted now for the 2014 ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, an intensive, 10-week program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for students interested in social science research.
Apply now through the ICPSR online application portal. To complete the application form, students must answer a few questions; upload a cover letter, resume, and list of relevant courses; and provide contact information for two recommending college faculty or staff members, or employer references. The recommendations must be completed through the ICPSR recommendation portal.
The deadline for all materials is January 31, 2014.
The NSF-funded Research for Undergraduates (REU) internship program (Grant No. 1062317) matches students with mentors at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and supports exploration of a research question from start to finish — including literature searches, data analyses, and creation of conference-ready posters summarizing students’ research findings. Interns can attend graduate-level courses in quantitative methods at the University of Michigan taught by leading faculty across various research fields. Additionally, all ICPSR interns learn valuable data-management techniques using statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, and SAS. Visit our website or view the flyer (PDF, 466 KB) for more information.
For examples of research projects done by past ICPSR interns, please see these videos.
The UNC Charlotte Atkins Library Dataverse Network is a web-based application to store, publish, share, reference, cite, download, and analyze social science research data. It facilitates making data available to researchers and others. Data authors, publishers, and affiliated institutions all get credit.
Managing research data is a growing interest and concern for researchers as funding agencies move to requiring data management plans in all proposals. NIH has required data sharing plans in their grant proposals since 2003. The NSF released requirements that went into effect in 2011 for their grant proposals to include data management plans. The Dataverse is a solution that satisfies those and other agencies.
A Dataverse Network hosts multiple dataverses. Each dataverse contains studies or collections of studies, and each study contains metadata in addition to the actual data files and corresponding files. The UNC Charlotte data repository resides on the secure and backed-up Dataverse network server at the Odum Institute at UNC Chapel Hill.
The Dataverse Network holds about 40,000 studies with about 720,000+ data files. You can browse or search across all dataverses, and then download the data and complimentary files of studies that you are interested in or would like to replicate. For some datasets, you can download a subset of variables and cases in multiple formats, or perform on-line preliminary analysis using various statistical models. You can also add comments about the data to each study.
Check out the UNC Charlotte Data Collection and consider publishing your own data in the repository. Questions can be directed to Reese Manceaux in the Atkins Library Digital Scholarship Lab (704-687-1114 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Charlotte Data Day: Using Data for Community Development
Tuesday, March 26, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
UNC Charlotte Center City campus
FREE and open to the public (lunch included)
Registration required. Click here to register.
On March 26 the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will host a forum in uptown Charlotte designed to tell the public about powerful sources of data and how to use them.
Whether the word data makes you yawn, or scoot to the edge of your seat and eagerly await what comes next, there are more tools than ever for finding and using data in innovative ways. But most people don’t know they exist or don’t know how to use them. Enter Charlotte Data Day, free and open to the public.
This event is aimed at everyone from academics to neighborhood groups to students, and will feature discussions and hands-on workshops. Speakers will show how public data is for everyone, not just statisticians.
Topics to be explored include using data to measure community assets and needs, using data for education policy-making, using data to understand neighborhoods, the importance of data in the nonprofit sector and innovations in visualizing data. The event workshops will cover some local resources, including the 2012 Neighborhood Quality of Life Study and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s Charlotte Regional Indicators, as well as national sources like the U.S. Census and the Federal Reserve’s home mortgage data. Agenda available here.
Registration for the 2013 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is now open!
Founded in 1963, the ICPSR Summer Program is recognized throughout the world as the preeminent forum for basic and advanced training in the methodologies and technologies of social science research. We serve a diverse multidisciplinary and international constituency. Our general instructional philosophy emphasizes the integration of methodological strategies with the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive social issues. The ICPSR Summer Program also creates a unique and supportive social environment that facilitates professional networking and encourages the exchange of ideas about the theory and practice of social science research.
Note that some of the 3-5 Day Workshops will be held at Chapel Hill. UNC Charlotte is a member of ICPSR and therefore you will be able to register at the discounted member rate.
Currently, this year’s Program lists 71 courses, 41 in the two four-week sessions, and 29 short workshops. Additional short courses will be added to the schedule over the next few weeks. Further detailed information about the 2013 ICPSR Summer Program, including course descriptions, schedule, faculty, registration instructions, and fee structure, is available on our website: http://icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog/
Scholarships are available to graduate students that are working in the areas of political science, public policy, public administration, sociology, psychology, education, and history. Unless stated otherwise, the deadline for applying for these scholarships is April 30, 2013.