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Data Services Lab

Location: McKenzie Hall, 460M
Data Services Consultant/GTF: Luis Sandoval

The services provided by the Data Services Lab are free to faculty and students. Priority is given to graduate students and faculty members requesting services for research purposes. Second priority is given to students requesting services for a class project or thesis.

New – Winter 2015!   Office Hours:

DSL has drop-in office hours each term (Fall, Winter and Spring only) for all faculty and students requesting data services. Office hours are posted at the beginning of each term.

Current research competitions and internship opportunities at ICPSR:

These are some current opportunities offered by the Inter-university Consortium for Social and Political Research (ICPSR). For more information on ICPSR, the data it provides and other opportunities, please visit DSL’s ICPSR pages.

1. 2015 ICPSR Research Paper Competitions

We are still accepting applications for three 2015 competitions (ICPSR Undergraduate, ICPSR Master’s, and Resource Center for Minority Data). Awards: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place. There are separate undergraduate and master’s prizes for this competition.

Deadline: All papers and corresponding entry forms must be received by midnight Pacific Standard Time, January 31, 2015.

More information:

2. Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
The ICPSR summer internship program provides undergraduate students with a unique and expansive research experience that introduces all aspects of social science research and includes supported exploration of a research query from start to finish, data management training, and focused methodological education in quantitative research.

Deadline: Applications are due by January 31, 2015. Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be considered for this opportunity.

More information:

2015 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

ICPSR offers summer courses in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology. Registration for the 2015 ICPSR Summer Program begins in February 2015. Note that individuals affiliated with the University of Oregon are eligible for reduced registration fees and some financial support is available (mainly for graduate students).

More information:

Other DSL Data Services and Announcements:

Accessing Restricted-Use/Confidential Data: We provide services to faculty and students working with restricted-use/confidential data, including assistance with writing and submitting data protection plans and with finding the most suitable option for securely storing confidential data. For additional information, visit our Restricted-Use Data page.

Secure Data Room: To meet the security requirements of most organizations that provide restricted-use data, DSL offers a Secure Data Room. This room is equipped with a standalone desktop computer and no network or phone connections. For additional information, visit our Restricted Use Data page.

Data Access: We provide access to on- and off- campus social science data and help with identifying data sources. Visit our Data on CD/DVD and Data on the Web pages for more information on data sources.

ICPSR Access: The Data Services Lab provides user support and access to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archive. To learn more about ICPSR and how to access the archive’s data, visit DSL’s ICPSR page.

New Datasets at ICPSR: ICPSR is constantly adding new datasets. DSL posts a list of recent additions to the ICPSR data archive usually every other week.

Data Manipulation: We assist faculty and students with retrieving data and recoding, merging, and subsetting datasets for analysis or for use in teaching. DSL also helps faculty and students with conversion of files across different platforms (e.g. Stata, SPSS, SAS, XML, etc.).

Online Resources: the Data Services Lab website offers guides to online resources for finding data and help with various statistics software packages.

Data Purchase: We also purchase social science databases not currently available through DSL.

Data Archive: We archive original social science data collections generated by university faculty.

Winter 2014 – Data Management Using Stata Workshop: In the past, DSL offered a workshop for first-time users on data management skills using Stata. The last workshop was held on January 27 and February 3, 2014 at SSIL’s Small Lab (McKenzie Hall, Room 445). The workshop’s materials are available on the Stata Workshop page.

For any of these services please visit the Data Services Lab (MCK 460M) during office hours or contact Luis Sandoval (DSL-GTF) by e-mail at