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Welcome to SSDS

Social Science Data and Software (SSDS) is a group within the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) that provides services and support to Stanford faculty, staff and students in the acquisition, curation, and preservation of social science data and the selection and use of quantitative (statistical) and qualitative analysis software. SSDS staff members provide these services in a variety of ways that include consulting, workshops and help documentation.

From the BLS Monthly Labor Review (April 2015): [Featured Article] CES employment recovers in 2014

U.S. nonfarm payroll employment continued to grow steadily in 2014, adding 3.1 million jobs, according to the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey. This article uses CES data to discuss how private and public industry employment, hours, and earnings changed over the year. Job gains in 2014 were widespread across industries, with all broad industry groups experiencing employment increases. Employment growth was concentrated in the service-providing sector and led by industries that have been adding jobs for some time.

From APDU Weekly (4/23/2015): An Important Improvement in the Consumer Price Index

The state-of-the-art processes implemented by BLS provide key new flexibilities and efficiencies in calculating and measuring price changes in the economy. It’s important to note the methodology underlying production of the CPI has not changed and the new system is not designed to produce a higher or lower estimate of price change, but it improves efficiency, saves money, and provides an opportunity for more research and faster innovations in the future.

From Stanford SGSI and the Center for Ethics in Society: Ethical Dilemmas in Research: Reflecting on Problems, Principles, and Practices Beyond the IRB

Announcing a Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI) course,

organized by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society!

September 8-11, 2015

Ethical Dilemmas in Research:

Reflecting on Problems, Principles, and Practices Beyond the IRB

From IRiSS: You're invited! Social Science Poster Session - May 22

When: May 22nd, 3:30-5 p.m.

Where: Wallenberg Learning Theater (room 124)

Free food and drinks!

$150 prize to the best poster!

$50 for the 2 runners up!

Joins us for food, drinks, posters, and interdepartmental networking. Open to all students, faculty, and staff; graduate students from all departments may submit posters on social science topics.

Free NVivo Webinar: Improving Your Literature Review with NVivo 10 for Windows:Thursday, May 7, Noon-1pm

Find out how NVivo supports you in writing robust literature reviews. With NVivo, you can import journal articles, tag (code) sources for major themes in the literature and share data with popular reference management software. This webinar will demonstrate:

• importing your articles
• organizing notes for easy retrieval
• tagging or coding your materials to identify key concepts
• creating visuals to see connections in your literature themes

From SUL Digital Library Blog: Introducing EarthWorks, Stanford's new GIS data discovery application

Stanford University Libraries is happy to introduce EarthWorks, our new geospatial data discovery application. EarthWorks is a discovery tool for geospatial (a.k.a. GIS) data. It allows users to search and browse the GIS collections owned by Stanford University Libraries, as well as data collections from many other institutions. Data can be searched spatially, by manipulating a map; by keyword search; by selecting search limiting facets (e.g., limit to a given format type); or by combining these options. 

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