Data-Intensive Research Conference

Held virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 20 - August 5, 2021

Researchers now have access to full count individual-level microdata from the U.S. Census spanning 1850 to 2010. Never before have social scientists had access to population data of this size and scope. These data present extraordinary opportunities but also some challenges. Our goals for this event are to:

  • highlight research that leverages expansive data resources,
  • provide training opportunities for working with these data resources, and
  • connect scholars with one another and with data experts.

The 2021 Data-Intensive Research Conference will be held virtually; the conference is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Life Course Center and the Network for Data-Intensive Research on Aging (NDIRA) & the IPUMS Big Microdata Network.

Check back soon for a conference program.


Highlighting Research: Paper Sessions

Tuesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 22

Learn about research that leverage full count data. We will organize paper sessions around common topics or approaches for using these data. 


Providing Training Opportunities: Workshops

Tuesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 29

Watch for registration for training workshops that will provide practical guidance on how to access and leverage full count data resources.

Workshops will include:

  • IPUMS Multigenerational-Longitudinal Panel
  • 1940 U.S. Census Data Linked to Five Aging Surveys



Connecting Scholars: Conversations & Flash Sessions

Tuesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 5

Discuss common research challenges and research ideas for using full count data in a less formal setting. 

  • Research conversations will include both structured topics defined ahead of the conference as well as reserved times for late-breaking topics.
  • Flash sessions will allow researchers to give a brief presentation (5 minutes or less) about a research idea, followed by a discussion among participants.