J. Trent Alexander

Support the Identification, Monitoring, and Preservation of Government Data Resources

Research Project Description

ICPSR has a long commitment to safekeeping and disseminating US government and other social science data. This project will expand ICPSR's capacity to identify, monitor, and archive government data resources that are of key concern to the Annie E. Casey Foundation about their continued accessibility or discoverability. For example, ICPSR staff will systematically inventory and assess the availability of data resources being used by Foundation projects such as the KIDS COUNT Data Center. We will work closely with both the staffs of the Foundation and their partners throughout the project period. Our core objective is to identify important data sources that are required to maintain and enhance the products and services that Foundation partners provide to the research community.

The project will support outreach and engagement between ICPSR project staff who have the capability to archive, curate, and preserve data resources with individuals across a number of data communities who possess insights and knowledge about data that are at-risk of being made inaccessible to the public. Project outreach will focus on 1) Connecting with data producers, particularly smaller, non-statistical agency programs that generate data about participation in federally-financed programs, 2) Discretely liaising with civil servants and former government employees in federal statistical agencies and non-statistical program areas, and 3) Developing relationships with data advocates and data intermediaries that use federal data to inform policy and practice.

This project will leverage existing relationships that ICPSR staff have developed over the years with current and former government employees. We will also reach out to ICPSR partners through our network of more than 760 member institutions in the academic community for insights as well as referrals to representatives from the open data community, civic data organizations, and data intermediaries.

Funding:
Annie E. Casey Foundation
(GA-2017-X4460)

Funding Period: 9/1/2017 to 8/31/2018

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