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IPSR is a Green Office

Data Services

IPSR is a repository for Kansas data and a hub of interdisciplinary policy and social research. Staff are available to assist affiliated faculty and student researchers with locating public data, data collection, data management, data documentation, data visualization, and data dissemination.

Locating Public Data

IPSR staff have extensive experience with federal and state data sources. Consultations are available on finding and using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and many other sources.

Data Collection

IPSR has access to Qualtrics, a robust online survey tool, for conducting online surveys. IPSR staff can assist researchers in setting up their own survey or can manage an online survey for sponsored projects.

Tools to get started

Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)
Secure, web-based clinical research data capture and storage application avaiable via KU's Center for Research Methods & Data Analysis (CRMDA)

Online web survey platform. Licensed by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and available via IPSR.

Free tool to liberate data from PDFs.

Data Management

IPSR staff can offer expertise with complex data management tasks such as data integration, data transformation, data aggregation and reading complex or unstructured data.

Online learning modules to get started

Basic Principles of Naming Files - Part 1

Basic Principles of Naming Files - Part 2

Basic Principles of Naming Files - Part 3

Basic Principles of Organizing Directories - Part 1

Basic Principles of Organizing Directories - Part 2

Basic Principles of Organizing Directories - Part 3

Data Documentation

We also can offer consultation on best data documentation practices. IPSR staff have working knowledge of social science metadata standards and can offer help with capturing and structuring data documentation during the research process.

Tools to get started

Colectica for Excel
Free Excel plug-in to document variables and code lists during data creation or re-use.

Robust tool to design, document, and publish data in open data standards.

Powerful tool to transform data across popular proprietary formats and and extract or generate DDI or Triple-SSS metadata.

Data Visualization

Need maps or graphs for your research publication? IPSR can make your graphs look professional. IPSR staff can also employ GIS to spatially represent your data. Learn more about GIS at IPSR at:

Tools to get started

Free, web-based visualization package.

Desktop data visualization software.

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Data Dissemination

IPSR can assist with depositing research publications and data in KU ScholarWorks. Staff can also advise on other resources for archiving research data.

Social Science Data RepositoriesCostCuration AvailableRestricted Data Size limit
KU ScholarWorks No cost for KU faculty, staff, and students Yes - guided self-curation No up to 2Gb
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) [Does NOT meet open data requirements of some grant agencies. See openICPSR below.] No cost as KU is a member institution. Data accepted through application process. Yes Yes No
openICPSR Plans & Pricing Yes Yes varies depending on plan
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Not sure where to start? Email or call:

Larry Hoyle
Senior Scientist
Xan Wedel
Senior Research Data Engineer

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