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George C. Alter

Affiliated Programs:

Michigan Historical Demography Workshop

Funded Research:

Linking MET Teachers and Students in District-wide Data (Gates Foundation)

CIF21 DIBBs: El: Continuous Capture of Metadata for Statistical Data (NSF)

BioCADDIE (Biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Ecosystem-Supplement 2 (NIAID)

BioCADDIE (Biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Engine)-Year 3 (NIAID)

Under Construction: The Rise, Spread and Consequences of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in the U.S. Education Sector (Spencer Found)

Midwest Workshop on Big Neuroscience Data, Tools, Protocols & Services (NSF)

National Open Research Data Infrastructure (NORD-i) (Research Council of Norway, The)

Longitudinal Intergenerational Family Electronic Micro-Database (LIFE-M) (NSF)

Factors in Aging: Development Research Resources-Supplement (NIA)

Computing Statistics from Private Data (Sloan)

Pilot Study for Creating the Early Twentieth Century Intergenerational, Longitudinal Dataset (PSC Pilot)

BioCADDIE (Biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Ecosystem) (NIAID)

BioCADDIE (Biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Ecosystem-Supplement (NIAID)

Drug Abuse and HIV Data Archive (NIDA)

Collaborative Research: Metadata Portal for the Social Sciences (NSF)

BCC-SBE: Sharing Geo-referenced Research Data with a Virtual Data Enclave (NSF)

A Proposal to Conduct a Grants Program for Early Career Researchers to Conduct Secondary Data Analyses of the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (Gates Foundation)

Building Community Engagement for Open Access to Data (Sloan)

DataNet Full Proposal: Sustainable Environment through Actionable Data (SEAD) (NSF)

Terra Populus: A Global Population/Environment Data Network (NSF)

Archiving the Historical Demography of the U.S. (NICHD)

Advancing Knowledge and Building the Research Infrastructure in Education and STEM Learning (NSF)

Rescuing and Archiving Social Science Data (Institute for Museum and Library Services)

Demographic Data Sharing and Archiving (NICHD)

Demographic Analysis of Longitudinal Historical Data (NICHD)

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (ACF)

Infusing Quantitative Literacy throughout the Social Science Curriculum (NSF)

Research Professor, Population Studies Center.

Research Professor, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research.

Professor, Department of History.

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Alter's research interests lie in the history of the family, demography, and economic history. Recent work explores demographic responses to economic hardship in Europe and East Asia, and the effects of childhood experiences on health in old age.

Select Publications

Journal Articles

Alter, George C., and M. Vardigan. 2015. "Addressing Global Data Sharing Challenges." Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 10(3): 317-323. DOI. Abstract.

Nosek, B.A., George C. Alter, G.C. Banks, and D. Borsboom, et al. 2015. "Promoting an open research culture." Science, 348(6242): 1422-1425. DOI.

Richardson, D., M. Kwan, George C. Alter, and J. McKendry. 2015. "Replication of scientific research: Addressing geoprivacy, confidentiality, and data sharing challenges in geospatial research." Annals of GIS, 21(2): 101-110. DOI. Abstract.

Alter, George C., and K. Mandemakers. 2014. "The Intermediate Data Structure (IDS) for longitudinal historical microdata, version 4." Historical Life Course Studies, 1: 1-26. Abstract.

Lupia, Arthur, and George C. Alter. 2014. "Data Access and Research Transparency in the Quantitative Tradition." Political Science and Politics, 47(1): 54-59. DOI. Abstract.

Alter, George C. 2012. "Generation to generation: Life course, family, and community." Social Science History, 37(1): 1-26. DOI. Abstract.

Alter, George C., Myron Gutmann, Susan Hautaniemi Leonard, and Emily Merchant. 2012. "Introduction: Longitudinal Analysis of Historical-Demographic Data." Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 42(4): 503-517. DOI. Abstract.

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