QDR-ICPSR-NSF Data Sharing Workshop at AERA Annual Meeting
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QDR-ICPSR-NSF Data Sharing Workshop at AERA Annual Meeting
 
Application Deadline Extended: March 8, 2019
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Dear 2019 AERA Annual Meeting Participants,
  
As we fast approach the 2019 Annual Meeting in Toronto, I am writing to bring to your attention an exciting National Science Foundation (NSF)—funded workshop on the practices, problems, and promise of sharing human participants’ research data ethically and responsibly. This workshop will take place on April 6—day 2 of the Annual Meeting—from 8:00am to 12:00pm. 
  
AERA conference participants who have received an award from the NSF since 2012 are welcome to apply to attend the workshop.
  
Data generated through human encounters can be richly informative. Sharing such data at the article-publishing stage allows researchers to inform readers about the empirical basis of their published findings, and allows other scholars to use those data to answer new questions. Over the last few decades, socio-technical infrastructure has been in development that empowers researchers both to protect their human participants and share with the scholarly community some of the information those participants conveyed. 
  
In the workshop, you will be encouraged to discuss the challenges that you have faced, are facing, or anticipate facing in interacting with human participants on the topic of sharing the fruits of your interactions, and in sharing the data those interactions generate. You will also be invited to discuss how you have approached mitigating those challenges, and how you and other scholars could work to mitigate them. 
  
The workshop will be offered by two data repositories, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR, University of Michigan) and the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR, Syracuse University). 
  
We at AERA strongly support this initiative and encourage you to apply if you have recently received NSF funding and your research has involved human participants. The field of education research has been at the forefront of conversations about data sharing and research transparency and initiatives such as this one keep us at the leading edge of these discussions. They likewise offer researchers an opportunity to describe their experiences and think creatively about how best to protect human participants while sharing the rich data produced when we involve people in our research. 
  
If you are interested in attending the workshop, please send the following materials—as a Word or PDF email attachment—to the Qualitative Data Repository (qdr@syr.edu) no later than 5:00pm EST on Friday, March 8: (1) the title of your NSF-funded project, (2) the NSF Award Number, (3) an abstract of the project, (4) the names of any other PIs on the NSF grant, (5) a two-three-sentence description of why you are interested in attending the workshop.
  
Your application will be considered, and acceptances announced, no later than Tuesday, March 12.
  
If you have any questions about the workshop, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers—Colin Elman (celman@maxwell.syr.edu), Diana Kapiszewski (dk784@georgetown.edu), Dessislava Kirilova (dpkirilo@maxwell.syr.edu), or Margaret Levenstein (maggiel@umich.edu).
  
AERA works very closely with ICPSR and QDR. I can answer general questions about the topic. Questions about the workshop should be directed to Colin, Diana, Dessislava, or Maggie. 
  
Warm wishes,
  
Felice 
  
Felice J. Levine, PhD
Executive Director
flevine@aera.net
202-238-3201 (office)

 
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