The Roper Center has identified all public opinion surveys of Black Americans in its data archive. These surveys span from 1945-2020. With our Roper membership, UW-Madison affiliates can access these public opinion data. On this site, an article on measuring Black American public opinions gives a historical overview on survey research from W.E.B. Du Bois in 1896-1897 to the present.
On June 22, 2020, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 31st edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book. The book provides rankings and statistics that provide a snap shot of conditions that child experience in a number of areas: health, education, family and community, economic well-being, and over all well-being. The complete book is available for downloading in .pdf format (41p.). The site also provides visitors with tools to explore the different rankings and measures that appear in the print edition. Go to:
Social Science Computing Cooperative just announced its summer training courses. Please visit https://www.ssc.wisc.edu/sscc_jsp/training/ to register.
Here are courses offered in June and July.
• Introduction to R with RStudio
• Data Wrangling in R
• Introduction to Stata
• Data Wrangling in Stata
Videos for Introduction to Stata are available at
In recent days, we have witnessed protests on police brutality and social injustice. These events are responses to frustrations that minority has for a long time. To reflect the role of civil unrest in our society we look into DISC’s holdings. Two datasets present us with stories from the 60s. Governmental Units Analysis Data, 1960: Urban Racial Disorders, 1961-1968. This study consists of individual riot and riot summary information for civil disorders which occurred between 1961 and 1968 in 674 cities. https://www.disc.wisc.edu/archive/riot/index.html
Milwaukee Study of Civil Disorder, 1967 recorded the attitudes of Milwaukee residents during the civil disturbances. https://www.disc.wisc.edu/archive/disorder67/index.html
Text mining has become a powerful research methodology. GeoDeepDive, https://geodeepdive.org/ builds a cyber infrastructure to support end-to-end text and data mining (TDM) in the published literature. Elsevier’s TDM page, https://www.elsevier.com/about/policies/text-and-data-mining guides researchers to mine its full text content. The Digital Library Services on campus offers text mining from Clarivate Web of Science Dataset. Gale Primary Sources databases has Digital Scholar Lab, an online tool for text analysis and visualization.
This ICPSR repository is for data examining the social, behavioral, public health, and economic impact of the novel coronavirus global pandemic. It is a free self-publishing option for any researcher who wants to share data related to COVID-19. The data is available to any interested user for secondary analysis. As of April 30, it has 4 datasets including “Governments’ Responses to COVID-19”.
Roper Center has a new user interface for affiliates at UW-Madison. Users can now search Roper’s dataset collection and question database from a single search box. Its search function is expanded to include response categories, survey sponsors and field organizations. Search results can be filtered by more options. Registered users now have their persistent My Folders to save questions and datasets. Citation exports and shareable charts are available for users to further utilize the search results. Please note that you need to create a new account in the new iPoll as your existing account on classic iPoll was not transferred to the new platform.
Data from Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Module in the 2017 American Housing Survey shows a mixed picture of preparedness in America’s highest-risk states and metropolitan areas. Summary tables (via online AHS Table Creator tool) and public use file microdata are available from AHS website.
All of the 2020 ICPSR Summer Program workshops and courses are going online. A few short workshops were cancelled because they are not suitable for online instructions. The fees are reduced to reflect the change to virtual instructions. Please contact the Summer Program staff if you have any questions.
In response to the CONVID-19 emergency, DISC staff might work remotely. If you have any questions related to our services, please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment. We check our library email account regularly. Visit UW–Madison COVID-19 website for more information.