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Workshop: Census Data Resource – Atlanta Census Research Data Center

hotchkissThe Office of Research and Engagement would like to invite you to a workshop informing faculty and researchers of an important resource available to our campus.

Julie Hotchkiss, Executive Director of the Atlanta Census Research Data Center Consortium will be making an overview presentation about ACRDC on February 6, from 9–10 a.m., in Blount Hall, Room A004. Please register below.

Hotchkiss will also be available to meet with faculty members and researchers concerning their potential project questions throughout the day. Please email April Griffin (amarion@utk.edu) to schedule a time.

Background
The Office of Research and Engagement has a consortium agreement with the Atlanta Census Research Data Center (ACRDC) located in the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The Research Data Centers are secure U.S. Census Bureau facilities where researchers have access to restricted-use microdata for approved research projects. Research undertaken in these facilities informs policy in ways not possible with publicly available data, and benefits the Census through increased use and scrutiny of Census data and data collection methodologies.

Data Access Fees
Researchers affiliated with an ACRDC Consortium Member institution pay no individual out-of-pocket fee except as assessed and administered by health agencies for use of health data. Researchers not affiliated with an ACRDC institution pay a $20,000 per year, per project fee.

What’s the advantage of using restricted-use data?
Exclusivity
There very few RDC locations in the U.S. Since one has to physically travel to a RDC to use the data, being less than four hours away is a tremendous advantage.

Publications and External Funding
Access to these data is still relatively rare—researchers have had tremendous publication success from having made an investment in using the data. NSF collaborates with Census to provide incentives for more researchers to use the data. The first of several expected RFPs was issues in 2010 explicitly targeting the use of restricted-use data.

Consortium Members
Current ACRDC consortium members include:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Clemson University
  • Emory University
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia Tech
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Tennessee
  • Florida State University (approval pending)

More Information
Atlanta Census Research Data Center: http://aysps.gsu.edu/acrdc
Center for Economic Studies, Census: http://www.census.gov/ces/