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Cell phone data for research

The following conference was based on the use of cell phone data for research – mostly involving mobility, but also group differences in work/residential location. Demographers are starting to use this data source. We link below to a paper in the social media session at PAA 2013.

Net Mobility Conference 2013

Conference Program (pdf)

Submissions to D4D challange (122 MB). This book contains copies of all the submissions to the D4D challenge that have been selected for NetMob. It is a large file (850 pages).

Winning Paper
African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data
David Talbot | MIT Technical Review
April 30,2013

Paper from PAA 2013 Social Media Session
New Approaches to Human Mobility: Using Mobile Phones for Demographic Research
John Palmer, et al.
April 11-13, 2013

MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different?

Fact sheet from National Library of Medicine about the differences of these database.

Call for Papers: Epidemiologic Reviews

Epidemiologic Reviews is a sister publication of American Journal of Epidemiology and publishes critical reviews on specific themes once a year. The theme in 2014 will be Women’s Health and manuscript submissions are being solicited.

More information can be found here.

Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters

In October 2012, Thomson Reuters will release the Data Citation Index on the Web of Knowledge platform. See a video introduction here.

According to Thomson Reuters, researchers can:

  • Maximize your research efforts with access to the most influential repositories, data sets and studies from a single destination
  • Speed the time to discovery by building upon previous, quality digital research
  • Understand data in context through summary information connected to the work it informed
  • Track the use and importance of research data across multiple disciplines
  • Get a complete view of scholarly research output
  • Support proper attribution to data research through standard citation format.
  • New POPLINE website

    From the announcement:
    This revised website gives you new ways to use POPLINE, the world’s largest database of reproductive health literature. Though we add thousands of new records to the database each year, this is the first major update to the website since 2003.

    What’s New?

      Modern design
      Multiple export options
      Mobile-friendly interface
      Customizable Advanced Search
      Saved searches and My Documents
      Over 400-pre-coordinated instant searches
      User profiles & updated document request process
      Filter search results by Keyword, Country, Language, and Year

    New UM Library Resource: Statista

    Announcement from Catherine Morse, Government Information and Political Science Librarian, Clark Library, Hatcher Graduate Library:

    All three campuses have access to Statista, an online portal for statistical charts, graphs and tables on a variety of subjects including: marketing, demographics, communication, technology, politics, health, leisure and public opinion. Statista offers recent data, not time series, and comes from government sources like the World Bank and the U.S. Census as well as industry, marketing, and trade groups. Tables, charts and graphs can be downloaded as images or into Microsoft Powerpoint and Excel.

    Statista can be accessed here:

    Congressional Quarterly Political Reference Suite

    The University of Michigan Library has purchased additional titles to the Congressional Quarterly Political Reference Suite. These new electronic reference books add to their collection of CQ reference works on campaigns, politics and elections. The CQ Political Reference Suite can be accessed here:

    New titles include:

      Supreme Court Compendium, 5th Edition
      Cities in American History
      Encyclopedia of Water Politics
      The New York Times on Gay and Lesbian Issues
      Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census
      Federal Regulatory Directory, 15th Edition
      Women in American Politics
      Encyclopedia of US/Latin America Relations
      Exit Polls: Surveying the American Electorate
      African American Electorate
      Elections A to Z, 4th Edition
      and many more.

    Reprieve: The Statistical Abstract Lives On

    The Statistical Abstract Lives On – Proquest will Publish Starting in 2013
    Sue Polanka | Points of Reference – A Booklist Blog
    March 22, 2012

    ProQuest Picks up Where the Census Bureau Left Off: The Statistical Abstract of the United States Will Be Back This Year

    Researchers’ cherished guide to social and economic stats gets a new lease on digital and print life

    March 22, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest will rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool.

    If you were not aware of the impending demise of The Statistical Abstract, see this previous post.

    Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality

    A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality
    C. Stone, H. Shaw, D. Trisi and A. Sherman | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    November 28, 2011

    This resource is from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It provides information on the (a) commonly used sources and statistics, including a discussion of relatives strengths and limitations; (b) an overview of the trends over the last ~60 years; (c) an overview of how the most well-off Americans and doing; (d) an overview of how the least well-off Americans are doing.

    [Link to PDF version]

    New Reports from the Urban Institute

    Thirteen Ways of Looking at Aging
    Our extensive work on retirement policy covers the many ways the aging of America will trigger changes in how we work, retire, and spend federal resources. The number of Americans age 65 and over will rise from about 13 percent in 2008 to 20 percent by 2040. The recession dealt a heavy blow to retirement accounts, leaving many older adults worried about their retirement security.

    Unemployment Statistics on Older Americans (Fact Sheet – PDF)
    The recession has increased joblessness among older Americans. These graphs and tables report unemployment rates and how they have varied by age, sex, race, and education since 2007.

    Child Care Choices of Low-Income Working Families
    By:Ajay Chaudry, Juan Pedroza, Heather Sandstrom, Anna Danziger, Michel Grosz, Molly M. Scott, Sarah Ting
    This research report presents the findings from a qualitative study of the child care choices of low-income working families in two urban communities. Participants included 86 parents with young children, many of whom were immigrants, English language learners, or parents of children with special needs. We discuss the key themes and variations in family experiences, giving particular attention to parental preferences and the factors that influenced their decisions, within the contexts of their employment and the early care and education programs in their communities. We conclude with policy recommendations that can promote parental access to affordable and high quality care.

    Read the entire report in PDF format.