State of the Consortium: An Update on ICPSR

State of the Consortium: An Update on ICPSR


[Maggie] Thank You Linda and thank you all for
joining us today for ICPSR State of the Consortium. Thank you for participating
in the Data Fair. This is a really exciting time for us, it’s a really “all
hands on deck” time for ICPSR. People from across the organization and from across
the Consortium have been putting on things to talk to
you about different aspects of the data resources, and data and educational
resources, statistical resources that we have for you. In
the next hour I, together with Abay Israel and Kilsang Kim two of
our great ICPSR employees, are going to talk to you and other talking/non-talking activities (laughter) about what’s been going on at ICPSR. We’ve been doing a lot so we have
a lot to tell you. It’s been a really exciting time at ICPSR and we’re really
excited to share some of what we’ve been up to with you. The first thing we want
you to know is that our Consortium is growing. As many of you know, we started
off with 22 members in 1962. We are now up to 782 members. That is basically … This is
virtually every research university in the United States, it is most of the
liberal arts colleges and many other institutions of higher education throughout
the United States. We have institutions across Canada, outside of
North America, around the world. We are a global consortium and we are
excited to have this growing membership. We also have a lot of members
who are not institutions of higher education, statistical agencies, and think
tanks, and they all benefit from what we share with one another in terms of our
data resources and how we use data. So thank you all for joining, let’s
keep growing thanks to our great Membership team, including Linda who you just from, who’ve been building our membership.
As you know, one of the things that we, important things that ICPSR
does, brings to, shares with, our Consortium is our training
activities. ICPSR Summer Program is a premier educational
opportunity. Everywhere I go I meet people who tell me that they
participated in the Summer Program and that it was an important experience, often
a turning point in their lives when they understood how they could use data
and use empirical research in their careers and we’re really proud of the
impact that we’ve had in training people from so many different
communities. The Summer Program remains strong, it is now the premier part
of the program, our eight weeks- two four-week sessions here in Ann Arbor. But
we now have locations around the world where we have our training sessions. We
have almost a thousand people participate in the ICPSR Summer Program
every year learning about new and old statistical techniques. Mostly these are
people who are graduate students but we also have faculty, both junior faculty
and sometimes quite senior faculty, who want to learn about new things. And we
even have some undergraduates who come and participate in the Summer Program.
And we have Data Librarians from our member institutions who
come. People who are interested in data stewardship who come and learn about
that, and of course we have our great class for our ORs, our Official
Representatives, every summer as well. So the Summer Program is busy and
growing and offering new opportunities, new kinds of training opportunities for
our members. ICPSR is a data archive. We ingest and make and preserve and make available to the research community an
enormous amount of data that individuals and organizations have created over the
last 60 years. We now have over 10,000 studies which include over almost 80,000
data sets that are, that have been deposited here that we have
preserved and that we make available to the research community. About 10 percent
of those data sets are restricted, usually to protect the confidentiality
of respondents to a survey or participants in a study. We make those
data available to our members, to the research community but we do that
in a way that is, that protects that confidential data using an
appropriate and secure computing platform and appropriate
contractual mechanisms to assure the security that we
protect the confidentiality of that data. We will talk to you more about other kinds
of things that we’re doing to protect the confidentiality of our data, both our
public-use data to protect its security and the confidential data that we have.
Our data sets include over 5 million variables, actually they include a lot
more variables than that, but 5 million of them are included in our
Social Science Variables Database and you can compare our studies examining
these variables using the metadata that we have. That is to say, the descriptions
of the variables that we have in the Social Science Variables Database. You can use
them to discover datasets that will be of interest to you. You can also use that
if you’re designing a study because those variables and the question texts are
there for you to use. We also have over 75,000 data related publications. That is
to say, these are publications that have that researchers have created and
then shared with the research world, the broader community. And
these are publications and analyses that use one of our 10,000
studies and each of those publications is associated with a study
to both help you to understand the impact of the data that have been deposited at
ICPSR and to help you to understand what data might be of interest to you.
We know that oftentimes the best way to find a data set that’s of interest to
you for the question that you have is to look to see what data relevant related
publications have used. So we include that as part of the search when you’re
looking for data here at ICPSR. ICPSR has over the past year been engaged in a
strategic planning process. For those of you who know me you know that the idea
of doing a strategic planning process was perhaps not my favorite thing
because I’m very impatient (laughter) and I like to do things not talk about what we’re
going to do. But it has actually been incredibly important for us as an
organization to engage in the strategic planning process to figure out what’s
really valuable about what we have been doing for 60 years that we
want to keep doing, and what is it that we need to be doing that’s new. We are in
a data rich, data driven world and what does that mean for our organization,
for how it works, for the technology that we used, for how we interact with our
with our membership. All of those were the questions that we addressed in our
strategic planning process, and we are very proud that we think of as our strategic
plan [unclear]. We’re using our strategic plan as a living document to inform what
we’re doing here at ICPSR on a daily basis. Our strategic
plan addresses four, if you like, key issues for ICPSR. Innovation, the
technology that we are using to share our data and to share our educational
activities changes all the time. The data itself that people want to use, where
it comes from, how they use it is changing. So we need to be innovative, we
need to be thinking about how researchers are going to do their
research in the future so that our platform is presenting data to them and
presenting people with a resource they’re going to need
for the future. We need to have an innovative attitude to do that and the
strategic plan addresses that. At the same time we need to make security
absolutely paramount. We all know that it’s a data rich world but there’s a
lot of data out there about us individually that we want to be secure
and we need to be, again thinking in a forward way about what the potential
risks are and how we manage to keep making data available for research
purposes while protecting the respondents, the participants who are
sharing so much of themselves so that we can learn about the world in which we live. We are also strongly committed to preserving data. We
are a leader in data preservation and in data access. Again we need to always be
thinking about given the rate of technological change how do we maintain
our preservation strategy, how do we do that in a way that is efficient? It can easily become very very expensive
and at the same time we know there are new technologies that we want to be taking
advantage of to reduce our costs and to make sure that data are preserved
so that they can actually be used in the future. And being used is what access is
all about. We are about expanding access, expanding access for our members,
expanding access for communities that need to know about the data that we have,
from making sure that their access is there not just in terms of can you get
to it on the web, but do you know how to use it, can you understand the data that
are there? Our rich curation process, the kinds of materials that we produce
about the data allow people to understand the data and access it
meaningfully. The training opportunities that we provide through the Summer
Program and other kinds of outlets allow people to understand data and
analyze it so that they can access it and turn it into a meaningful resource
for their research or for their their understanding of the world in which they
live. We have really cool, because we have the best Communications team in the
world, we have a really cool little video on our strategic plan and we are going to play that for you now. [music] ?? You might ask yourself… What is ICPSR’s Strategic Plan? The Short Answer It involves an Organizational Paradigm Shift
LIKE A CATERPILLAR BECOMING A BUTTERFLY with four key elements: Innovation, Security, Preservation, Access The Long Answer The Plan has Six Steps: -Complete paradigm shift -Foster membership -Undertake targeted acquisition & dissemination of data -Strengthen leadership role -Expand audience & remain grounded in academia -Maintain highest quality training Complete Paradigm Shift -Attract and develop a diverse, world-class staff -Improve ICPSR’s financial systems -Diversify funding sources and increase revenue -Identify and implement strategies for partnerships & collaborations -Invest judiciously in technology & infrastructure for future growth Foster Membership -Maintain fair consortium fees -Support under-resourced institutions -Develop infrastructure to inform innovations Undertake Targeted Acquisition & Dissemination -Acquire and share high-value data -Develop high value data resources -Maintain relationships with key stakeholders -Acquire and disseminate data on underrepresented and under-served populations Strengthen Leadership Role -Serve as a model of and nexus for innovative and responsible data access -Increase efficiency & data quality -Streamline restricted data access -Increase data discovery and facilitate data integration -Leverage new technologies to reduce costs and improve the data-related bibliography Expand ICPSR’s Audience -Unify ICPSR messaging and branding to improve communications Maintain Status for Quality Training -Expand scope of the Summer Program -Diversify Summer Program participants and instructors -Leverage the Summer Program to create teaching materials for ICPSR’s membership and the broader community Together, we’ve got this. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/NewICPSRplan [Maggie] Okay well I hope you enjoyed that little
video as much as we did. (In background, “Yeah”) You couldn’t see, but we were all up dancing. We are actually really excited about
implementing the strategic plan. We want to talk a little bit about what makes
ICPSR unique. As we think about moving forward we also are keenly aware of
the things that make ICPSR a success, that made it valuable to
its members for years, and we want to keep those things the things that
we’re doing right forefront so that we don’t lose track of those as we try to
do more for the future. Over 50,000 people download data from ICPSR every
year. What is it that they say? We asked them what do they think about about
ICPSR and our data and what do they like about us? They like the documentation, the
resources that accompany the data that make the data useful. We all know that
people can throw data, a dataset up on a website. That doesn’t mean that anybody
else can make use of it, understand where that data came from, what it actually
measures. Our documentation makes your data useful to you. All right. What do we
say? Oh one respondent to our survey said, “Come here, get data, it’s
been checked for errors and is well marked up so you understand what it is.”
There’s no fishing expedition to find things you don’t want. We are
constantly improving our search so that you can find data that you
want efficiently and then you can explore it and get to know it before you
download using our online data analysis resources which we
are also in the process of improving. We have a wide range of helpful resources.
It’s not just the data, we also have guides for how to prepare your data for
data sharing, guides for writing your data management plan when you’re writing
that proposal. We have all of those resources for data stewardship across
the data lifecycle and those are there for you to use. ICPSR is also committed
to demonstrating the impact of research data. If you missed, earlier this week we
had one of our webinars was on Data Citation. There’s a great new little YouTube
video about data citation. Data citations are incredibly important,
so please if you have not been properly citing data when you write articles, make
sure you do so in the future. Why is this important? it’s important because people
invest a lot in research and we want to give them credit for doing that.
When people share their data we want to give them credit so we want to cite
data for that reason. Data citations also include improve
the transparency and reproducibility of our research. We all know that it’s
extremely important to explain to the broader public what is that social science research is. We’re not just making this up. We’re not
just voicing our opinions. We’re telling you something about the
data that we’ve analyzed. In order to do that convincingly, we need to show people
where the data came from. It’s not just in my back pocket or in my desk drawer.
This is something I’m willing to share and tell you where I got the data, what
it looks like, we do that by citing the data that we use when we publish. So we
provide that information for all of our data. We give you a standard
citation when you share data with us. We’ll give you a citation so that
everybody who uses your data will cite it in the same way. We keep track of
those citations and we add them to our data related publications. All of that is
there on our study home page as well as our data downloads,
characteristics of users, and use at different institutions which we
know is so important to many of the ORs out there. Here we have an example of a
great study, Monitoring the Future, which those of you been paying attention
to the recent news about vaping, all of that news about vaping that’s been
on the front pages of the papers recently, those come from
Monitoring the Future studies that we have available here at ICPSR. You can see
how often Monitoring the Future, this particular year of Monitoring the
Future, was downloaded, how many people logged in, how many total users. You can
see them for different time periods, that might be useful to the people who create
Monitoring the Future. That might be useful to the funders, that might be
useful for people who want to understand how people are thinking about drug use
and alcohol use and vaping going forward. We also have information about
who’s using our data. In particular are these students? Are these graduates, you
know, are they graduate students or undergraduates, are they faculty, are they
staff? One of the things that I was really struck by when I first came to
ICPSR and was looking at our numbers, is how many of our users are undergraduates
who are getting to work with real data, they are learning things and
discovering new knowledge in their undergraduate classes as they learn
about how to analyze data. Statistics is so much more fun when you’re studying
things that you care about and you’re looking at things and discovering new
knowledge. And we love to have those undergraduates in here using our
data as well as obviously people who are creating new social science
knowledge that gets published. Not that undergraduates don’t get published, we love it
when they do, (laughter) but okay. We also have information that’s particularly valuable,
we know, to our Official Representatives. You can see how many people
from your institution are loading, what kind of data they’re
downloading. We have these downloads by member institutions which is
particularly useful for the institution themselves. We try to
provide all of this to you right from the study home page. As we said, we are
doing a lot at ICPSR these days. We think of renovation, we are
renewing, we are renovating, and we are doing new things. You know,
obviously the core activities including depositing data, disseminating that data,
curating the data, providing educational activities. We are continuing these
things and we are updating each one of these things. We have a new deposit page,
we have a new dissemination page, we are updating and (laughter) we are updating how we
do curation to make it less tedious for our staff and more useful for our users.
We are always talking about new educational activities. We are improving
our infrastructure, our technology, which we call Archonnex. We’re going to talk
quite a bit about in a minute, I’ll turn things over to Abay and Kilsang
to do that. We’re also, we’re not just renovating our technology, the
physical infrastructure, we’re also reorganizing ourselves so that we
collaborate, we work well together, and that we work as well together across the
different parts of our organization as well as we do with you on a daily basis.
We are also renewing the things that we’ve been doing. In the past year we
have renewed several of our topical archives including NACDA, our National
Institutes of Aging funded archive of aging data. HMCA which is the Health
and Medical Care Archive that has health research data that is supported by the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. NACJD, our criminal justice data, which is which
is imported by the Office of Justice programs. All three of these have been
renewed in the past year so that they can continue to give you the valuable
data resources that they’ve been doing, in some cases, for over 30 years.
We know that these are really important. We’re also pursuing new projects, both
projects that have new data and new and other new kinds of resources. These, by
the way, are just one example of the incredible swag that ICPSR has. (laughter) I think
there’s no question that we have the best swag. And the next time you are at a
research conference, make your way over to those booths, make your way to the
ICPSR booth, our staff love to tell you about what we’re up to and they
will share with you one of these flashing ice cubes. One of the really
amazing, actually while I was trying to put together our cool new projects I
realized we had all of these different projects going on with education data
and improving education research. We have a newly funded Early Care and Education
archive, that is taking over from what was the Research Connections
project, with support from Health and Human Services and that will be launched
in the next couple months. We’re really excited about that
as it transitions from Research Connections. We’ve been working with the
Mellon Foundation for it, to creating a new data infrastructure building on
what they have done a while ago called, College and Beyond. This will be College
and Beyond II- will be a new data infrastructure for studying higher
education, and in particular the impact of the liberal arts experience, and lots
of different higher education environments. So we’re really excited
about that project. We have two projects funded by the Gates Foundation. One is
the Measures of Effective Teaching project, which has new data that’s been
released this year. We’ve also been getting data from Gates on their
Millennium Scholars, the scholarships that they’ve been giving to high school
students to study in college for a couple decades now, and data on those
students and the long run impact of those scholarships is being archived
here for more research on the impact of those kinds of interventions on
improving outcomes for students in the United States. We have a collaboration
with the American Education Research Association. That collaboration is a
long-standing collaboration but it has two new initiatives that we’ve
undertaken this year. One is that we they’re now hosting the AERA journals,
not the journals themselves, but archives for their data related- for
their publication related data. We keep track of the data related
publications on our study page but we’re now allowing researchers, having a place
for researchers who are publishing in the AERA journals to put the data that
associated with individual articles. Again, to foster that transparency and
reproducibility with all of the research that takes place so we have that as part
of them our publication related archives. We also are providing data stewardship
support for fellowship recipients that AERA funds as part of its National
Science Foundation project to support education research, particularly related to
STEM education. So we’re really excited about that. And finally, we have another project which is a really- this is really cool-
it is not just about data, it’s not just about data stewardship,
it’s a new repository where people who are doing research on
education efficacy interventions at education science can pre-register their
study. Again, tell the research community about what they’re doing before they do
it. Which doesn’t mean that their research strategy won’t change, that can be part
of what you report over time, but you say, “This is what I’m planning to do”.
This allows you, and part allows you, to stake a little claim, this is what people know
what you’re up to. It also says, “I’m not just making this up
at the end to get the result that I wanted. I have hypotheses, I’m going to do
some empirical analysis, and we’re going to learn from the empirical analysis
about what works and what doesn’t in education.” So we’re really excited to
be hosting this registry, an archive of registries for research on education
efficacy. Again to promote transparency and reproducibility in this particular
area of social science research but it is part of our general approach to
improving transparency and reproducibility in social science more generally. We are, as I said, doing a bunch of other things to improve our technology. And I’m going to turn it over to Abay and Kilsang to talk about that next. [Abay] Awesome. Thank you Maggie and thank you all for joining us. This is going to be exciting. Again, my name is Abay, I’m here with Kilsang … [Kilsang] Hello! [Abay] hey Kilsang. And we’re going to talk about some of the exciting new technology here at ICPSR. As you can imagine, in 2018 it has been a busy year for us, and we have no signs of slowing
down. So in the next few minutes we’d like to just give you a high-level view
of what we has been released and what is coming down the pipeline. I have to
thank the tech staff, the curation staff, the faculty here, and of course you have been
a part of making this all possible. So without any further ado let’s go right
into the technology. But first, we have some karaoke. I want- I know this was part
of the description, so we have to add in and hopefully we can get some participation. (laughter)
This is going to be a little different webinar. I want this to be more interactive. In your … (over speak, laughter) This is going to be great! In your chat box, in the question box, I would like you to submit some things. But there’s some rules that we’re going to play. This is not going to be free-for-all karaoke. We have some rules in place, this is ICPSR after all. So let’s do it! Step number 1: We recite some song lyrics. I don’t know if you wanna consider that singing? But we’ll see … we’ll see. Step 2: You guess the song and the artist. We have some flexibility with the artist because we know there’s some new renditions, so just give us the song. Step 3: We will then describe some cool new technology for you. And of course, Step 4: Everybody wins! (laughter) So I’m already seeing some comments in the question box. Yes, it looks like everyone is ready. So let’s see if we can start Round number 1. Kilsang, do you want to take this one? [Kilsang] Yep, let’s go! (laughter) “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs?, I got twenty. But who cares? No big deal. I want more.” (laughter) All right, please, submit your guesses in the questions box. [Kilsang & Abay] (in unison) Oh yes!! [Kilsang] We got one guess. (laughter) [Abay] Yes, oh my gosh, they keep coming in, they keep coming in. Oh my gosh, okay okay okay. Is this song a limerick? (laughter) So for those who guessed it, you’re absolutely correct this is: “Part of Your World” by The Little Mermaid or Jodi Benson. We can’t forget to give the artist some credit, you know. Congratulations you get all the points. And we can use those points to get some information on ICPSR’s technology. So let’s use those keywords: gadgets,
gizmos, whozits, whatzits, and thingamabobs. So what does that mean exactly?
Gadgets, gizmos, whozits, whatzits, and thingamabobs. Well the way how we can think about that that is Archonnex for us. So Archonnex itself, we
support an ever growing body of public and research use data. It is powered by
you. Archonnex itself is this collaboration and combination of
technologies all put together with ICPSR’s key audiences in mind. We have a
range of data types from GIS, image, numeric, text based, and we provide things
like file level metadata, of course, all using a customizable and sharable workspace.
The system was designed specifically for the audience in mind,
like you. So I’m going to let Kilsang talk a little bit about some of our
new technologies under Archonnex and we’ll then do round number 2. [Kilsang] Right, let’s go. Well as most you would know, that we released a new website in January of
this year. It was a whole new redesign in a modern tabular and modular layout. All
the study variable and serial home pages were redesigned and new search
functionality was implemented. However, from February, we haven’t been just
resting on our laurels and marveling at our great website, we’ve actually been a lot
of incremental work that we knew we needed some enhancements. We also
incorporated feedback from our users and we hopefully are slowly and slowly and
building things more in such that our new website is a great resource for
all. So what new things have we had? Well first of all is that we made it easier
to see our documentations. So rather than before where you actually
have to download the PDF files, open it up on your computer, then read it, if it’s not quite
the right one you’re looking for, then you have to go back and download it
again. We’ve actually made it easier so you can actually preview the PDF files on
our website without having go through all the rigmarole of having to download it. So
that’s one win for all your time savers out there. Second thing is, I think is
really really cool is the URL based search. So what is URL based search? Well
what it makes is that most of the resources on our web pages, you can now
bookmark and share it. You all have that same, you know, experience of where you
went to a particular website, you saw something interesting, and says, “Oh I’ll come
back to get it later.” Then if you don’t exactly trace your
steps perfectly, you can’t find it again. So what you can do now is, on any of our
web pages, just all you have to do is copy the URL in your browser, you can
bookmark it or send it off to a colleague in an email, and they’ll see exactly the
same page that you saw which will hopefully make it so much easier for all
of you to share our resources. The next thing is we’ve integrated the ICPSR
website search into our main search window. So, as you can see on the
screenshot, we now have a new tab in our screen, in our search screen, where we’ll
search the website. So you have all the searches in one single page. Makes it much more convenient rather than the old method where you actually had to get [unintelligible] engine to search our websites. We now have more data type descriptors. Well
what are data type descriptors? Well we used to have a clunky category called ‘Other’
where we put things that we didn’t know quite how our old system couldn’t kind
of deal with. But now, with our new Archonnex infrastructure, this is kind of
the tip of the iceberg that’s kind of peeking out now. We’ve shown how powerful Archonnex is, is that it can now deal with a whole variety of files. So we’ve now labelled GIS files as GIS, Excel files as Excel. I mean, it’s just of obvious. (laughter) It’s such a cool thing which will show
the potential of what our Archonnex system can do. Lastly, when we’re
actually developing all of the tools and resources that are on our website, we
actually are very very careful to make sure that it is accessible to everyone.
So we are, in the development process we are thinking about being ADA compliant.
So this is very very important to us such that all the resources that we
produce, even little more complicated tools and resources that we have, we will
make it ADA compliant. So shall we go off to…? [Abay] We should go to round number 2.
We did have a question from Jennifer, she’s asking about citations and
improvements to that, and things with visualization as well. We have additional
things coming down the pipeline. To answer your the first part of your question Jennifer, she’s
asking, “Are there different models of citing [unintelligible] raw data?” So the first part is, we’ve
improved how we do citations. On the main ICPSR page, on any study home
page, you will see a button that says “How to cite”
and that is dynamically generated and people can click that button and see the
citation immediately. As we increase the technology, we would have different ways of citing but that’s down the pipeline. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. (cross talk) But it is coming, something that we are thinking about. And visualization, that’s something we’ve
been talking about, at least a year, at ICPSR. And it is something that we’re thinking
about. So thanks again for a question and I hope you stick around for the next round. Right? Let’s go! Round number 2. [Kilsang] Go ahead Abay. [Abay] Yeah, maybe I have to take this one. All right, fine fine fine. (warming up) Me me me me. You guys ready? All right, let’s do it. “Pop pop, it’s show time; it’s how time. Guess who’s back again? Oh they don’t know? Oh they don’t know? (laughter) I bet they know soon as
we walk in wearing Cuban links, Designer minks, Inglewood’s finest shoes. Don’t look
too hard, might hurt yourself. Known to give the color red the blues.”
And see if anyone knows this one. This one’s a little trickier, the first one was easy. This one, let’s see, all right. “Pop pop, it’s showtime;
it’s showtime.” guess who’s back again, oh they don’t know? Oh they don’t know?” [Kilsang] Oh, this looks to be a difficult one. (excited cross talk, laughter) [Abay] Scott got it! All right, oh my goodness. Good try. Scott definitely got it, 24-Karat Magic by Bruno Mars. Good guess guys, good guess. I told you this was not going to be all give-aways. This is going to be a challenge sometimes. So the reason that we did that is there is
magic behind what we’re doing. ICPSR’s MyData, is kind of our single sign-in
system that gives you access to all our various tools. For a lot of users this is
like magic. They don’t have to sign-in multiple different ways, and this gives
them access to all the different features that ICPSR has regardless of the website. And it’s much more than just an authentication system.
We add things about protection, in this [unclear] here that’s helping increase
the protection of the resources that we have here. It is going to be our new hub
of ICPSR activity. It’s access to the various ICPSR tools from the Report
Manager, to your Account Information, even the Deposit System. And this is just the
beginning, when more and more features get released the tiles are going to be added to this page. And for ORs specifically, I have something new and exciting to show you. In that bottom left-hand corner you
see that Report Manager, that’s something that’s brand new, it’s going to be all
your reports that you need in one location. Whether you’re a user, an
institution level, or even a Federation, our hub ORs, you get all access to your reports and your granular control. If you are OR of
multiple institutions you can select which institution that you want straight
from that menu. If you want to change the date parameters, you want to isolate
certain things- like I only want to show certain types of users- you can
generate that straight from this Report Manager. It’s a cool new feature and we think it’s
something that people are going to really like and you can access
that straight from our MyData page. So ready for Round number 3? [Kilsang] It’s yours! [Abay] Me? All right, fine fine. (laughter) All right, let me see if I can do this a little better. Okay. “It goes on and on and on and on.” Okay, let me sing it. “Strangers waiting up and down the
boulevard. Their shadows searching in the night. Streetlights, people, living just to
find emotion. Hiding somewhere in the night.” (woo hoo, laughter) Oh, people got it already. See, it’s my singing. We got to sing it. [Kilsang] I don’t think everybody needs to sing. (laughter) [Abay] Someone said they’re (unclear) of my hair is great. (laughter) You got it right, it is “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. Great guess everyone, great guess. I love this, this is fun! All right, this deals with all the Curation staff. Don’t stop Curation. I think it’s actually meaningful. We really believe in what we’re doing here.
Curation is bigger than just the technology. It is our staff that’s working closely with us to make the best product available. Our staff is some of the most talented,
innovative, creative, people that are working in this space and the whole space of data and research methods. And we’ve realized that we knew that these people
are some of the experts. So the technology that we’re building this year,
we’re working closely with them to try to build stuff. And as we build new
technology, we’re hoping to add that to the Deposit System as well. We’re
going to make things more efficient so faster releases for you, the depositor, or even
for the user. We will have an integrated deposit viewer so as things come into our
system not only will people be able to communicate with the curation staff, the
staff are able to pull all that information into their own curation space and work without having to even leave their desk, have it work, integrated seamlessly.
We have a new metadata editor. We’re really excited about that and we’re hoping to
enhance that even more. And then finally, we have a whole new release system that we’re hoping to release by the end of this year. And hopefully we’re going to have some more features that we can talk about at that time. So let’s go to Round number 4. Kilsang, I think you need to take this one. [Kilsang] Okay, I’ll take number 4. [Abay] Are you going to sing it? [Kilsang] Nooo. (laughter) [Abay] All right, let’s go. [Kilsang] “Regrets, I’ve had a few but then again, too few to mention. I did
what I had to do and saw it through without exemption. I planned each
charted course, each careful step along the byway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way. [Abay] That was such a good rendition. [Kilsang] Thank you! [Maggie] I think this is like pre-registration. (laughter) (cross-talk) [Abay] We’ve got it! We have like 7, 8, 9, 10 guesses. Good job, Kilsang. [Kilsang] I think the last few words kind of… (laughter) [Abay] You’re right, it’s “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. Well, we’d also accept Elvis, (crosstalk) that’s true. [Kilsang] Right, so this is “Me, My Self Publishing, and I” (laughter). I think we’re pretty proud of that one. So for self publishing platform such as openICPSR and DataLumos, we’ve also been making constant improvements to make the experience much more smoother and much more useful. So one of the first things that we implemented that’s kind of going to affect our depositors and publishers is that adding publications
to their projects is so much more easier now. You need not to republish your study. All
you have to do is just go to your project workspace and add your publications
and it will then instantly be reflected on your study homepage. Second thing
we’ve done is for institutional repositories. We’ve streamlined the
depositing process such that it’s a little bit more clearer and much easier
to deposit to institutional repositories. And coming soon our self publishing platforms will now have
usage statistics such as downloads and page views. So a lot more user statistics to brag about. (laughter) [Maggie] And add to your CV. You put up the article, the article gets accepted. You put up the data, once the article is
published you can go back and add the citation, and then when people start
downloading it you can add that to your CV. [Abay] That’s right. [Kilsang] You can say how many people have seen it, and how many people have downloaded it, and if somebody publishes you can add
those publications in and grow your brand. (laughter) [Abay] That’s true. All right, we have, I think two more rounds. Let’s do two more rounds. I think I’ll take this one. Because I’m from the Caribbean let’s see if anyone knows any Caribbean songs. All right, let me tune up the voice. (singing) “Rise up this morning, Smile with the rising sun. Three little birds, Pitch by my doorstep, Singing
sweet songs of melodies pure and true. Singing, this is my message to you.” Oh, that was quick. Very good! Three little birds, yes! This has been great! People got it. This has been awesome. All right. So three little birds, what does that really mean? Well three little birds, we have three major projects coming up (laughter). And we’re releasing three major projects. In addition to all the other things that we’re doing, we have these three things that we want to touch on. The first is the Researcher Passport. You’ve been
hearing a little bit about it. It’s something that’s really interesting. It’s
a place where we’re going to enhance data access and confidentiality protections. It’s a space where it’s going to have a digital identifier, an
essential community for like a trusted researcher. You can find out so much more
about it, this is just a little plug, there’s a webinar about it tomorrow.
It’s tomorrow [unclear] with Johanna Bleckman and myself. Please join us for that one.
It is going to be amazing. Next, our next project is the Linkage
Library, beyond just data. We know that people in the community that’s combining
these data sets to create something new and interesting. And we want a space that’s allowing them to not only post data but
the linkage code behind that data. And beyond that we’re enhancing it that we’re
going to have places where they’re going to have these conversations around it,
commenting back and forth saying, “These are some of the different methodologies I
used to do my linkage.” And we’re building the biggest social science community
through this Linkage Library. I think it is going to be really interesting. This is a small plug again. There’s going to be a lot more tomorrow, check it out if you have not already registered. And finally, last but not least … [Kilsang]
Definitely not least. [Abay] It is going to be our new online analysis
system. It has been branded StatSnap. It is coming, you get your “Stats in a Snap”. So more information about this will be provided at a later time. This is one of our secret sauces that we’re going to
be releasing and it is going to enhance ICPSR’s dissemination pages. And once you see on there, on the study pages or the series pages, most time the study page, you can click the button and
get access to various statistics or even manipulate that data in some method straight
without having to even download it onto your system. It’s going to be a really cool project. And hopefully at the end of this year we’ll have a bit more information to share with you all. This is the Final Round. [Kilsang] Let’s all go together. [Abay] Let’s do it. Let’s see if we can figure this out. (laughter) Maggie, do you want to join us? [Maggie] Well, you know I promised that I wouldn’t sing. (laughter) I doubt they would have registered if they thought I was singing. But I have to tell you, when you hear this song, the entire ICPSR staff sang along at our holiday party. (laughter) So it’s clearly a big hit here. (laughter) [Abay] It’s going to be great! All right. You all ready? (humming along to music) All right. “Where we began, I can’t begin to knowin’. But then I know it’s growing strong. Was in the spring, then spring became the summer. Who’d have believed you’d come along. Hands, touching hands. Reaching out, touching me, touching you.” [Abay] Come on, you can do it. (singing) “Sweet Caroline, bum bum bum” (indistinct voices, laughter) [Abay] I have votes in. [Maggie] We hope you’re all singing along at home. [Abay] Oh my gosh. (laughter) I’m sorry, this has been great. All right. Kilsang, let’s bring it home. [Kilsang] Hooray! Touch the World. We, at ICPSR in the development team, are not working in our vacuum just looking at our own stuff. We actually collaborate with a lot of different other institutions and entities. And I think we have one real cool
collaboration that we want to kind of let you know about, is the new project
from Google, which is the Google Dataset Search project. It’s basically a new search engine which is custom tailored for data discovery.
So our development team had worked to make sure that our collections …
it’s one of the premier collections I think, on the Google Data Search right now. (cross talk) [Maggie] So I can say we
worked to make sure that it was but it was actually, I mean, Google really used the
metadata, the structured metadata that ICPSR uses, because our metadata is so
good that that was the best way for them to design their search was to use our data as the model. I think that that’s fair to say. (cross talk) [Kilsang] We’re very very proud of that fact. So our data has been easily implemented. They have been able to index it. So on the Google data search all our published data is on there with all the wonderful curated
metadata that we’ve created also on there. And we are hoping that this helps widen our
audience. Not only, you know, if Google is ubiquitous, they’re everywhere, and our
data is even more prominently on it now. [Abay] So once again thank you all for all the terrific playing along, and the suggestions, and the answers to the question. I think this was fun. And we really could not build this technology without you. It is for you and by you and by us. We’re really building this to support the whole ecosystem and the community, the research community. So again, we want to thank you for playing. And now pass it back to Maggie and she brings us home. [Maggie] Yes, thank you guys so much. It’s so fun to come to work here. So when you come to our website, you can think about these guys singing (laughter) and that will make the discovery of data use more fun. You can also actually come right here to Ann Arbor. This year we’re having this Data
Fair, next summer we will have our ICPSR Biennial Meeting for our Official
Representatives October 16th to 18th. Come to Ann Arbor, we will be … you can sing along in person (laughter), you can learn about our data, you can meet us and see our beautiful old Perry School building. We are excited to be hosting that and we look forward
seeing you there. In the meantime, between now and next summer, we’re going to be
asking a couple things of you. We will be looking for nominations for our Council. You saw the pictures earlier on where the slides had this year’s our new Council members. We’ll have six council members who are rotating off and
we’ll be looking for your nominations. So start thinking now about whom you would
like to see on the ICPSR Council. We rely on that Council to give us feedback
about what our members need, what they want to see in the future. So help us
select those by nominating people. We also every two years give out two really
important awards that honor our founder, Warren Miller, and one of our
longtime Official Representatives, William Flanigan. And we have awards
named for them, we’re going to call for nominations for those two awards in the
early spring. The Miller award is for meritorious service to the social
sciences and the Flanigan award is for someone who has given distinguished service to ICPSR as an Official Representative. So
think now about who you would like to nominate for those two really important
awards, who we want to recognize in our community. So we’ll be looking for your suggestions and I think that is a wrap for our presentation. (cross talk)
Do we have any other questions that we haven’t addressed? [Abay] I don’t think so.
I think we addressed them in our conversation and plus people are just really happy
about this. (laughter) [Maggie] Yeah, our questions we’re saying we’re playing Jeopardy. Our
questions are full of answers to karaoke. If there’s anything else, we’re happy to take those, if not … [Abay] We’ll see you at the next webinar. [Maggie] We will see you at the next webinar. Don’t forget we will have webinars on both Linkage Library and the Researcher Passport in the next day. And lots more. (cross talk) [Kilsang] Thank you all for coming!

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