NADAC: 5 Years Later

NADAC: 5 Years Later

Hello, everyone. My name is Alison Stroud, and I am a project manager at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Thank you all for watching the video provided by the National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture. I’m happy to share with you a nice and brief story about NADAC’s story and growth since 2014. Now, welcome to NADAC: 5 Years Later. Let’s quickly go over the agenda for the presentation. First, for those of you that are not familiar with NADAC, I will provide a brief introduction to the NADAC Archive and its connection with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Then, we’ll cover how NADAC got its start as an archive. The next topic is NADAC’s growth since 2014, and finally, I’ll share a list of some of NADAC’s most popular studies so you can see all the wonderful data that are available thanks to the support of the National Endowments for the Arts. Now, I would like to introduce NADAC to those that are unfamiliar with the archive. NADAC is a topical archive of data on arts and culture housed at ICPSR. The data archive’s mission is to facilitate research on arts and culture by acquiring data, particularly those funded by federal agencies and other organizations; cleaning, organizing, and enhancing the data for increased usability in secondary analysis; and sharing these data for FREE with researchers, policymakers, people in the arts and culture field, and the general public. NADAC is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is an independent federal agency whose mission is to advance artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. NADAC is one of over 15 topical archives housed by ICPSR. Here, ICPSR can be seen as the umbrella archive, encompassing a broad spectrum of topical research areas. By utilizing ICPSR’s resources, NADAC offers a wide range of resources including downloadable data, analysis tools, bibliography of related publications, and data resources for various audiences. These are really the great benefits that NADAC data users can take advantage of when exploring and using NADAC data.
Now that we have covered the introductions, we can proceed with talking about how NADAC got started about 5 years ago. So let’s go through this nice timeline here:
In summer of 2013, ICPSR responded to the NEA’s solicitation of proposals to create a new, user-friendly archive and to expand and improve upon it with other arts-related datasets, metadata, and documentation of related literature. ICPSR saw an opportunity to create an innovative and fun archive to add to their holdings, therefore, they went after it!
Then during fall 2013, ICPSR was notified of their award from the NEA to start the arts and culture archive. So that was great news! Next, the NEA and ICPSR held a kickoff meeting to begin their development of the NADAC archive in April 2014. This was the start of many steps to create the website, acquire and curate data, and set up a place where data users can come to find data and related resources relevant to arts and culture
research. In December 2014, NADAC released its very first dataset on arts and culture! So that was a call for celebration. Finally, another call for celebration in January 2015, NADAC launched its website, making its official debut in partnership with the NEA. From there, the growth of the NADAC data archive seemed to take off. Since January 2015, about 4.5 years after the website launch, NADAC has definitely grown to be a great archive with a nice variety of arts and culture datasets. Currently, due to the excellent curation efforts at ICPSR, NADAC has over a 120 curated studies and external resources, and the archive is still growing. These studies have been cleaned, organized, and enhanced for for increased usability, online analysis, variable search and comparison, study-level metadata and documentation, and many more useful features for data users. In addition, there are over 82,000 variables available for analysis in the NADAC archive. Data users can search for these variables and compare them across studies. So this is an exciting feature, especially for researchers. NADAC also has over 600 publications in the searchable bibliography, and this number will continue to grow as the data collections archived with NADAC increase their impact on arts and culture research. With many thanks to the web team, NADAC has a website that was designed for various audiences, especially researchers, policymakers, and the general public. Also available on this website are over 25 infographics that the NADAC team has worked to create in the last five years. These infographics are all related to the NADAC datasets.
Finally, NADAC has established relationships with several depositors in the arts and culture field and made connections with many data users through five conferences and several webinars. Next, here is a list of some of NADAC’s most popular studies. They are the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the American Community Survey: Artists Extract, Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, Consumer Expenditure Survey Summary Tables, and the Annual Arts Basic Surveys. These datasets cover arts participation in many different arts activities, arts-related consumption, arts employment, and many more topical areas. While you see that there are five items on that list, we definitely have many more popular studies for all of you to explore. So keep a lookout for additional datasets to be added to the NADAC website! And feel free to explore anytime. Speaking of exploring the NADAC’s website, I wanted to show you this really nice picture of what it looks like when you get to the landing
page. On this page, data users can see immediately the number of studies, variables, and publications available as well as the infographic that will be in rotation. The navigation tabs are also really easy to find in the top wrapper. That was one of the goals that we had for the NEA. Please feel free to check it out anytime! Thank you for watching this presentation! Please visit us at You may send any questions to [email protected] Thank you very much again and have a wonderful day.

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