Pre-Conference Workshop

2023 Data-Intensive Research Conference

July 31-August 1, 2023 | Minneapolis, MN

NDIRA, a collaboration between IPUMS and the University of Minnesota Life Course Center, is accepting applications for the workshop component of the 2023 Data-Intensive Research Conference. The workshop will be held July 31-August 1, 2023 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. This will be an in-person workshop; some components of the subsequent conference will allow for virtual participation. 

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This workshop is designed to familiarize participants with freely available population data resources from IPUMS related to the conference theme of How Place Shapes Health and Wellbeing through the Life Course. The workshop will prepare researchers to make use of large and complex datasets for studying place and wellbeing for an aging population and with a life course perspective. We expect workshop participants will also attend the research sessions of the Data-Intensive Research Conference.

The workshop is targeted towards scholars who have worked with quantitative data, but are relatively new to using IPUMS data for studying aging and the later life course; this includes graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, or experienced scholars developing a new line of research. The workshop will include:

  • presentations from the research teams responsible for the IPUMS data collections, 
  • lab sessions that provide hands-on experience using IPUMS data, and 
  • opportunities to discuss research ideas with others who have similar interests.


Tentative Schedule

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Monday, July 31

9:00-9:30  Breakfast

9:30-10:30  Welcome and introductions

10:30-11:00  History of IPUMS

11:00-12:00  How is place measured across IPUMS datasets?

12:15-1:15  Roundtable lunch discussion

1:30-2:00  Why population data are appropriate for aging research

2:00-2:30  Hands-on Session 1: Getting started with IPUMS

2:45-4:00  Hands-on Session 2: Summary data and microdata 

4:00-5:00 Social Hour

Tuesday, August 1

9:00-10:00  Networking breakfast 

10:30-11:15  IPUMS Specialty Topics 1*

11:15-12:30  IPUMS Specialty Topics 2*  

12:30-1:30  Lunch

1:30-4:30  Drop-in consultations with IPUMS Research Staff & Open Lab Time

4:30-5:30  Social Hour

*Potential IPUMS Specialty Topics include details/units, temporal considerations (e.g., creating a consistent spatial footprint, what to do if you cannot create a consistent spatial footprint), tools for aggregating data, attaching contextual information to U.S. and international microdata, understanding and operationalizing context in which data were collected.

Instructions for Applying

Applications are open through Tuesday, April 18, 2023. Applicants should be prepared to submit a brief statement about their professional background, interest in attending the workshop, and how attending the workshop will further their research or professional development. 

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Workshop space is limited to 35 participants. 

We will offer travel support for some participants selected to attend the workshop and conference. Travel support recipients will receive reimbursement for some or all of the following expenses: domestic airfare, ground travel, lodging, and meals. Funding will be awarded with consideration for NDIRA’s emphasis on increasing diversity in aging research with specific attention to supporting early career scholars, scholars from systemically excluded groups, and researchers outside of R1 institutions. 

Support for this workshop is provided by NDIRA & IPUMS.