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NHGIS Fall 2015 Data Release


NHGIS has added 65 time series tables providing 2000 and 2010 U.S. census data standardized to 2010 census units, making it possible to measure demographic changes accurately even in areas where boundaries changed between censuses.

American Community Survey


The American Community Survey (ACS) is a part of the Decennial Census Program and is designed to produce critical information about the characteristics of local communities. The ACS publishes social, housing, and economic characteristics for demographic groups covering a broad spectrum of geographic areas in the United States. Every year the ACS supports the release of single-year estimates for geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more. Demographic variables include sex, age, relationship, households by type, race, and Hispanic origin. The American Community Survey is conducted under the authority of Title 13, United States Code, Sections 141 and 193, and response is mandatory.

American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey Database


AHA Annual Survey Database is a comprehensive hospital database for health services research and market analysis. It is derived primarily from the AHA Annual Survey of Hospitals, which has been conducted by the American Hospital Association (AHA) or its subsidiary, Health Forum, since 1946. The survey responses are supplemented by data drawn from the American Hospital Association registration database, the US Census Bureau, hospital accrediting bodies, and other organizations.

The database maintains hospital characteristics across time to allow researchers to conduct time-series analyses.

To access these files, please contact the Data Archivist at

DDI Announcement about CISER's Director


CISER's Director Bill Block has been elected as one of four new members of the DDI Alliance Executive Board.

DDI Announcement about CISER's Data Librarian


Dear DDI Community,

I am pleased to announce that Michelle Edwards from the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) at Cornell University in the US has been chosen as the new DDI trainer. She will participate in the training workshop at Schloss Dagstuhl on October 12-16.

Michelle has an MLIS degree and has been active in the academic library community for several years. While at the University of Guelph, she helped to develop a Best Practices document for DDI markup to be used by data librarians across Canada. She also presented about the merits and benefits of DDI to the Statistics Canada Standards Division. With respect to instruction, she has taught several courses and workshops on topics such as using secondary data, working with statistical software, and quantitative literacy. Looking ahead, Michelle has a vision "to bring DDI to the researchers in a form they will embrace and use," and she has a number of concrete ideas related to realizing this vision.

Five very qualified people applied for the position, so we know there is continued interest, and we hope to offer this program again in coming years with support from the DDI Alliance and GESIS.

Mary Vardigan
Director, DDI Alliance
Assistant Director, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

Introduction to Data Sets: Insights into HUD USER


Need data or research on housing and community development issues? is your source. HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research (PD&R) disseminates research and information through Hear how can be used by practitioners for the latest publications, data releases, and best practices that help improve life in American communities.

  • Event: Online webinar presented by HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research
  • Date and Time: April 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM
  • Location: Olin Library, Room 106 G
  • REGISTER: CISER site under “Special Topics on Research Data” at
  • Series: Public Data University presented by the Association of Public Data Users (APDU)
  • Hosted by CISER and Cornell University Libraries

The APDU series of webinars on public data are available to the Cornell University community on eCommons at

Presentation announcement


Accessing Regional Data: Bureau of Economic Analysis
when:  Wednesday, February 18th, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
location:  Olin Room 703

This presentation will provide an in-depth briefing on BEA’s regional data programs. Attendees will learn about BEA’s measures of economic activity at the state, county and metro-area levels. After a brief overview of how these measures are put together, the session will review the regional section of BEA’s website and provide insights on how to access the full range of regional economic statistics, including gross domestic product, personal income, and the new measures of regional price parities and personal consumption by state.

Presenter: Nicholas Empey, Chief, DAS Group, Regional Economic Directorate, Bureau of Economic Analysis

CISER's Senior Research Associate Warren Brown, CISER's Data Librarian Michelle Edwards, and CUL are hosting this event. We hope to see you there!

CISER Census 2010 SF2 Download Center


CISER is pleased to announce an easier way for you to get Census 2010 SF2 files. CISER enhanced the files to make them available in various different formats. For downloads and more information, visit the CISER Census 2010 SF2 Download Center web page.