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IPSR hosts luncheon on new Kansas City Research Data Center

Dr. Ginther's presentation, video and slides, detailing the recently announced Kansas City RDC are available at the links below.

University drives creation of new research data center in Kansas City

A National Science Foundation proposal driven by the University of Kansas has resulted in the creation of a new Kansas City-based Census research data center that will provide researchers access to the nation's highest-quality data for analysis of the U.S. economy and policy issues. The Kansas City Research Data Center (RDC) will be located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City headquarters and provide approved area researchers with secure access to restricted microlevel U.S. Census and health statistics data - the type of data researchers use to examine the economic activity, demographic makeup and health status of individuals in the U.S. economy. Research based on these data can provide a better understanding of the regional and national economy, including analysis of changes that are affecting businesses and households. The NSF proposal was headed by Donna Ginther, professor of economics and director of the Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research at KU, on behalf of a consortium that includes the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the Kauffman Foundation, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

IPSR Staffer, KU Librarian Publish Paper on Data Storage Practices by Researchers

Travis Weller and Amalia Monroe-Gulick recently published a paper on researcher data management (RDM) by academic researchers. Analyzing the results of a University-wide study, they concluded that faculty and students' data storage practices vary by academic discipline and research methodology. The reasons for researchers' data-related decisions also vary among these communities with some more motivated by file size, privacy concerns, and cost than others. Based on their results, they concluded that a one-size fits all approach to data storage, analysis and archiving will be difficult to develop. Instead, they encourage those creating data tools, as well as those conducting educational programming on data security and privacy to tailor their approaches to the different needs and motivations of different communities. "Understanding methodological and disciplinary differences in the data practices of academic researchers", 2014, Library Hi Tech, Vol. 32 No. 3 pp. 467-482. DOI: 10.1108/lht-02-2014-0021. Travis Weller is a Grant Specialist at IPSR and Amalia Monroe-Gulick is a Strategy and Assessment Librarian at KU Libraries.

IPSR affiliate receives State Department grant

Mariya Omelicheva, director of the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies and IPSR affiliate, has been awarded a major grant to identify, train, and connect sustainability stewards in the Midwest and their counterparts in Russia. Read more in the press release below.

Washington Post OP-ED piece on tension between police and African Americans

Charles Epp and Steven Maynard-Moody penned an OP-ED piece that recently appeared in the Washington Post. The piece draws on research on racial disparities in police stops and proposes a way to rebuild trust between police and African Americans.