Staff from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) discuss their work in encouraging open access to data and closer links between publications and data, collaborative data curation, and improving data discovery and reuse.
The ICPSR is the world’s largest social science data archive with units that specialize in data on aging, childcare, criminal justice, demography, health, and substance abuse. ICPSR staff provide leadership and training in data access, curation, digital preservation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.
George Alter is Director of the ICPSR, Research Professor at the Population Studies Center, and Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Alter's research grows out of interests in the history of the family, demography, and economic history, and recent projects have examined the effects of early life conditions on health in old age and new ways of describing fertility transitions.
Mary Vardigan is Assistant Director of ICPSR and directs the ICPSR Collection Delivery Unit, including oversight of activities in the areas of Metadata, Publications, Web Site Development, User Support, and Membership Development. She also serves as Director of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), an effort to establish an XML standard for social science technical documentation.
Jared Lyle is Director of Curation Services at ICPSR, where he oversees the metadata group and digital preservation activities.
Elizabeth Moss is Assistant Librarian at ICPSR, where she manages the ICPSR Bibliography of Data-related Literature, a searchable database that contains over 60,000 citations of known published and unpublished works resulting from analyses of data held in the ICPSR archive.
Open to the public; light refreshments.
Sponsored by the University Library. On the 4th Monday of each month, from 10:00-11:30am in the Hatcher Gallery, programs are presented that address the research lifecycle. These events work to provide a better understanding of the various types of research undertaken across campus, particularly as they relate to library services and support, opportunities for collaboration, data management and preservation, and beyond. More information about this series can be found here.