UW-Madison Data Storage Finder

The UW-Madison Data Storage Finder is designed to help researchers navigate the centralized campus research data storage options. This tool presents all data storage options in one interface and compare and contrast them. These storage services are also available for teaching, outreach, or administrative use cases.


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The 2021 ICPSR Summer Program, Registration Now Open!

The ICPSR Summer Program offers a comprehensive curriculum in research design, statistics, quantitative methods, machine learning, and data analysis. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mode of instruction will be online. The four-week sessions will be held between June 21 and August 13. The short workshop program will begin in May and extend into August. Affiliates with UW-Madison get a member discount in fee because of our ICPSR membership. You can apply for over 50 scholarships. Scholarship applications are due on March 29.


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Roper Center U.S. State Polls

The Roper Center at Cornell University has made questions from U.S. state-level polls available in the Roper iPoll database. It includes exact question wording, sample size, and survey sampling method. These state polls are from major national polling organizations and some of the oldest and most respected state-level polling series like Archibald Crossley’s seminal 1944 election polls, Joe Belden’s Texas Poll, Mervyn Field’s California Poll, the Iowa Poll, the Los Angeles Times Poll, and state exit polls back to 1978.


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ProGov2l is a searchable digital library of progressive policies and practices for local government. It is maintained by COWS, a national think-and-do tank based at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Visitors can explore the database by policy areas like Children & Families, Civil Rights, Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment, Natural Resources, and more. Search results can be filtered by state, year, type of documents (policy brief, ordinance, fact sheet, model law, executive order, act or session law, ballot measure, constitutional amendment), and by level of government (city or town, county, school board, school district, other boards and agencies).


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IPUMS Multigenerational Longitudinal Panel (MLP)

IPUMS USA has released a set of crosswalks to link individual records in full count historical census data between adjacent censuses from 1900 to 1940. These cross-walks contain IDs that link persons between census years. They are intended for use with IPUMS data extracts. To download these data, you must agree to IPUMS USA terms of use and register to create your user account with IPUMS.


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2021 Data Science Research Bazaar, February 3 – February 25 at UW-Madison

This free virtual event is hosted by Data Science @ UW. The theme for 2021 is Data Science for the Social Good. Throughout February, researchers and data scientists from various disciplines and industries will have opportunities to share their work, collaborate, and discuss their data science interests. It also offers workshops on R, Python, mapping models, and cloud-based platforms. Registration is required to attend this event.


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ICPSR Student Data Sandbox

Students and classes from UW-Madsion can self-publish data they generate and/or use in the ICPSR Student Data Sandbox. Students can learn data management, generate data citations and persistent identifiers for their data, and learn others’ data in this new tool.


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Immigrants Admitted to the US, Federal Fiscal Years 1972-2000

This data collection contains information on the characteristics of every single person admitted as an immigrant between fiscal years 1972-2000 (October 1971 through September 2000). Two types of immigrants are presented in this study. New arrivals who arrived from outside the United States with valid immigration visas and aliens who were already in the United States with temporary status and were adjusted to legal permanent residence. Variables include: age, sex, marital status, occupation, country of birth, country of last permanent residence, nationality, port of entry, month and year of admission, class of admission, state and area to which the immigrants were admitted, and others.


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ResearchDataGov (RDG)

ResearchDataGov is a web portal and application system for discovering and requesting restricted microdata from federal statistical agencies. It was developed with support and guidance from the Census Bureau, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy. Restricted microdata in RDG can be browsed by agencies and by titles. This tool provides guidelines for applying for restricted data. Resarchers can use the ResearchDataGov data access request system to apply for these data. ICPSR will then submit a completed application to the relevant federal agency.


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News from the Roper Center

The classic version of the iPoll system was decommissioned in September. Visit https://ropercenter.cornell.edu/ipoll/ to check out the enhanced features of the new Roper iPoll.

Roper’s data team prioritizes the processing of all COVID-19 surveys, often on a 24 to 48-hour turnaround. Researchers can access its Topic Tracker technology to chart COVID-19 survey question frequency in Roper iPoll. While the pandemic continues, all datasets related to COVID-19 in Roper’s collection are publicly available.

Roper is making available all public opinion surveys of Black Americans in the Roper data archive. These surveys of Black Americans span from 1945 to 2020. These data provide historical insight into how racial attitudes have changed in the United States and how the public currently views topics such as police brutality, race relations, and Black Lives Matter. Meanwhile all of the data in the Say Their Names, Hear Their Voices collection are freely available to the public on request.

Polls from Axios and Ipsos Public Affairs are now available at the Roper’s archive.

The Recently Developed Methods Collection (RDMC) is an extension of the searchable archive that includes online non-probability polls, mixed probability and non-probability methods polls, interactive voice response (IVR) polls, Registration-Based Sampling (RBS) sample polls, and other surveys utilizing recently developed survey-based public opinion research methods. Studies use RDMC are listed under a separate tab in the search result page.

The Roper Center will co-host two post-election panel events with the DC local chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (DC-AAPOR). Both panels are free and open to the public but require registration at https://ropercenter.cornell.edu/post-election-panel-events.

  • “Measuring Impact of Online Communications and Disinformation in Campaigns” is scheduled on November 11, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST.
  • “2020 Election Polling: A Postmortem” will be held on November 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST.
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