Library hosts “Life of a Dataset” ICPSR webinar

SU Library will host a webinar series entitled, “Life of a Dataset.”   This three-part series will describe ICPSR’s data management approach starting with the identification and deposit of data, to processing and cleaning, and finally to building metadata and tools to ready the data for discovery and dissemination.

Whether you are collecting data, planning on sharing (depositing) data to meet funding agency requirements, or interested in repository and archive management, you will find lots of informative content and guidance.  Q&A will be available during each session.

Life of a Dataset Part I: The Deposit – Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. EST, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

This stage in a dataset’s life will discuss and describe the opening steps it takes on the path to dissemination through the Web site at www.icpsr.umich.edu. The session will cover the method of identifying data for acquisition, depositing of study materials (ingest), and the technical support that the Acquisitions unit provides to researchers. Tools for the researcher will be reviewed and the tools that are used by this unit will also be shown.

Life of a Dataset Part II: The Process of Processing – Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 1 pm EST, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

This stage in a dataset’s life will describe the process of how the data are reviewed, cleaned, archived, and prepared for dissemination. The working relationship between the processor and the processing supervisor to ensure the confidentiality of respondents will be examined. The tools used by the processor to insure data security and accuracy in processing will be discussed.

Life of a Dataset Part III: Discovery & Dissemination – Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 1 pm EST, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

This stage in a dataset’s life will relate how the study’s description is built and the metadata are enriched to aid discovery. We’ll consider how the codebook and other materials are created, and what final steps are taken to preserve the digital data in advance of their release. Finally, the session will talk about how the study is released, announced, and disseminated through the ICPSR Web site.

For more information, contact Paul Bern, Numeric Data Services librarian at phbern@syr.edu or 443-1352.





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