Schedule of Events:

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Tuesday, October 5:

  4pm EDT Attendee Orientation and informal happy hour
    An optional orientation to the upcoming events including a Q&A about attending a virtual conference, as well as time to get to know fellow attendees


Wednesday, October 6:

  10:30am EDT Virtual coffee and networking
    An informal 30 minute session to connect with fellow attendees
  11am EDT ICPSR Data Showcase
    Back by popular demand! Learn more about the data available at ICPSR, including hidden data gems
  12pm EDT ICPSR Project Lightning Talks
    Short presentations of multiple data projects and archives, with a focus on how these data can "do good"
  1pm EDT

Research Data Ethics, presented by Seton Hall
Most graduate programs do not mandate data ethics courses for students, which has consequences for the research data services department and research community. In this presentation, Samah Alshrief and Chelsea H. Barrett of the Seton Hall libraries will discuss the data ethics concerns raised in real-life experiences working within a data services department.

  2pm EDT From Dataset Detection to Instructional Resources: What’s New with the ICPSR Bibliography of Data-related Literature
    The ICPSR Bibliography is planning to use machine learning to detect informal data use and develop reliable data impact metrics. This session will cover our progress so far. You will also learn about new instructional resources created by the Bibliography staff, including Current Events in the Bib, Research Spotlights and more.
  3pm EDT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at ICPSR
    A short introduction to dozens of DEI-related data projects and resources, including: Mapping LGBTQ Equality, Latino Immigrant National Election Survey(s) (LINES) and Latino National Surveys (LNS), Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), Race, Disparities, and Inclusion in STEM education research, variables that indicate sensory impairment with respect to aging, Slave narratives (Slave Sales and Appraisals, 1775-1865 (ICPSR 7421), and more.
  4:30pm EDT ICPSR Awards
    A presentation of the Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences and the William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative


Thursday, October 7:

  10:30am EDT

Virtual coffee and networking - Book Club Edition
Join us for a discussion of your favorite data-related reads! ICPSR staff will be reading Data Feminism, Weapons of Math Destruction, and Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records. Attendees are welcome to join us in reading these books, or bring your own favorite books to add to the conversation. Additional networking space will be available for those not participating in the Book Club discussions.

  11am EDT Data Doing Good at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research

ICPSR is a center within the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research (ISR). Known for "social science in the public interest," ISR is a leader in large survey studies and other projects leading to highly visible data used in policy. ISR plays key roles in numerous projects producing research data and other research products of interest to the data community. 

Presentations will include:

  12pm EDT State of the Consortium
    Presented by ICPSR Director Maggie Levenstein
  2pm EDT OR/DR Boot Camp! Fundamentals and the Evolution of the Official and Designated Representative Role
  (2 hour session) This session for new (and not so new) OR/DRs will cover details on the organization of ICPSR and its governance, roles and responsibilities of the OR, where and to whom you can go for help, location and use of the ICPSR website, tips and tools for helping your users, and promoting ICPSR at your institution. We will orient you to new research projects at ICPSR and introduce you to some outstanding ORs. This session is a must for those who are new to ICPSR as well as those looking to get back in shape as the consortium evolves to meet changing data curation and data sharing needs. Come learn what makes this organization and the data it distributes so great!
  4pm EDT Data Access
    A special request from ICPSR Representatives! This session will focus on how to find and access available data via the ICPSR website, how to successfully access restricted-use datasets, virtual vs. physical restricted-use data access, simple explanations of how to select a dataset and how to download a dataset, and general data basics for people who don't have a background in qualitative or quantitative research.


Friday, October 8:

  10:30am EDT

Virtual coffee and networking - DEI Edition
Join us in an informal conversation space to discuss efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion at your institution. We'll share ideas from ICPSR, listen to best practices from the community, and come away with practical new ideas. Additional networking space will be available for those not participating in the DEI discussions.

  11am EDT

ICPSR Curation: The who, what, where, why, and how of curating data at ICPSR

Please join us while curation staff present a top-level view of ICPSR's curation department. We will describe the why and how of the major tasks that comprise the standard curation of a study going from data deposit to dissemination.  

  12pm EDT

Virtual Booths - ICPSR Projects
Visit our virtual booths for a chance to connect informally, almost like the exhibit hall of an in-person conference. Connect with ICPSR and related data projects in an informal virtual environment to learn more about their data and resources. You'll meet: 

  • Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR)
  • Resource Center for Minority Data  (RCMD)
  • Health & Medical Care Archive (HMCA)
  • National Archive of Data on Arts & Culture (NADAC)
  • Data Documentation Initiative Alliance (DDI)
  • ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods
  • ICPSR Curation
  • Partnerships for Expanding Education Research in STEM (PEERS)
  • LinkageLibrary 
  • National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)
  • Measuring the Impact of Curatorial Actions (MICA)
  1pm EDT

New Virtual Data Resources: Restricted Data, GIS, and Election Data for use in the classroom and more
An overview of three new electronic resources available from ICPSR. First, a new resource helps researchers and students identify openly available datasets that closely cover topics of restricted-use datasets but do not require IRB approval or a restricted data use agreement. Second, learn about a teaching resource to demonstrate how certain ICPSR datasets could be visualized and analyzed spatially using the R programming language for exploration in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis. And third, find out about the newest offering from SETUPS, allowing students the ability to analyze an accessible dataset drawn from the American National Election Study (ANES) surveys of the American electorate.

  2pm EDT Data Brunch Live! Extremism in Social Media
    Join us for a live taping of the ICPSR podcast, Data Brunch. We'll speak with ICPSR's Libby Hemphill about extremism and social media, how data can help, and what the future might look like.
  3:30pm EDT

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