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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: a data resource for University of Kentucky faculty, students and staff.
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The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides access to social science data files, including studies, CD-ROMs, series descriptions, and ICPSR web pages. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, terrorism, health and medical care, early education, education, racial and ethnic minorities, psychology, law, substance abuse and mental health.

See the Find and Analyze Data to learn about search options. Please note: Searches are automatically truncated, e.g., if any of your terms are the root of longer words, the longer words will be part of your search. See more....

Direct downloading is available; click on Quick Download, Download select files or Download all files once you have identified the data you want. Registration with a MyData account is required to download most data files. (See Help with MyData for trouble-shooting.)

Help with Data Manipulation:
Downloaded data files require statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS, Stata) to manipulate the data; to acquire statistical software and find where to get consulting assistance, see Information Technologies' Statistical Software page and Arts & Sciences' Applied Statistics Laboratory (consults). For assistance with locating data files in ICPSR, contact the Young Library Reference Desk.

It is also possible to analyze selected data files on the ICPSR site using Survey Documentation Analysis (SDA), Nesstar, and other tools; look for the Online Analysis link in your search results, and see "Online Analysis" under Additional ICPSR Services.


ICPSR Data Fair 2014

The theme of this year’s data fair centers around: “ICPSR – powering sustainable data access.”

The data fair is scheduled to take place Tuesday through Thursday, October 7-9, 2014.

The final program, schedule, and webinar registration links will be made available the first week of September 2014.

Preliminary Program

  • Broadening access to substance abuse and mental health data with the Restricted-use Data Analysis System (R-DAS)
  • NAHDAP Orientation - National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program
  • An Introduction to NADAC - National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture
  • Disclosure Risk Training – For public-use or not for public use, that is the question
  • Out of the Gate(s): Post-secondary trajectories and outcomes of Millennium and Washington Achiever scholars
  • OSTP Public Access Plans for Data: An Update
  • Q&A with Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Staff
  • Data, data everywhere and not a number to teach!
  • Making Research Methods Fun (or at Least Tolerable)
  • Public Access Data Sharing at ICPSR: Update on the State of openICPSR
  • Meeting Federal Data Sharing Requirements Now and into the Future
  • What should I do with my research data?  Understanding Deposit Options at ICPSR.
  • General Orientation to ICPSR
  • Sharing Restricted-Use Data with the Public – Options for Deposit and Access from ICPSR

ICPSR webinars are free and open to the public. We encourage you to forward this email to all who may be interested.


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ICPSR Official Representative for UK

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Rob Aken
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