Tomorrow kicks off ICPSR’s Virtual Data Fair. They started the event I believe in 2010 as a way to connect ICPSR members during conference off-years. While the Data Fair is mostly geared to ICPSR members, anyone can join. If you are interested in ICPSR membership or just want to learn more about data use in the classroom, you should attend!
In 2010 I gave a presentation on the top government data sites called “America’s Most Wanted.” This year I’m on a panel with Libbie Stephenson from UCLA, Katharin Peter from the University of SoCal, and Paula Lackie from Carleton College. We are talking about promoting ICPSR on our campuses. Because I have so many duties, I don’t have a lot of time to promote only ICPSR. My methods have been small-scale like blogging and training the reference desk workers to recognize an ICPSR-esque question.
The data fair is sure to be a good time. Join us!