"Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity (PS-ARE) is an unprecedented panel study focused on religion in the U.S., with a particular focus on capturing ethnic and racial diversity. The PS-ARE seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change in individuals and families over the course of their lives and across generations.
The USGS released the most detailed national vegetation land-cover map with the aim to enable conservation professionals to identify places in the country with sufficient habitat to support wildlife. The data is available via an online viewer or downloadable based on region as an ESRI GRID or a ERDAS IMAGE. Each file is approximately 600MB.
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/) has added microdata for the exit polls from the 2008 presidential election. Data for a national exit poll and for exit polls from 48 individual states are available. See the following for more information:
The World Bank has announced that the contents of its subscription-only databases such as the World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance will now be available on-line for free. See http://go.worldbank.org/MZ29WQLWK0 for more information:
The library now has on-line subscriptions to the following IMF databases:
* Balance of Payments Statistics
* Direction of Trade Statistics
* Government Finance Statistics
These subscriptions are in addition to our International Financial Statistics on-line subscription. If you are familiar with the on-line interface to the IFS, the interfaces for these additional databases are very much the same in terms of layout and functionality.
Representatives from the ICPSR will be on-site at Emory University on Friday, March 19, to demonstrate the ICPSR's Resource Center for Minority Data (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/RCMD/). The demonstration will last from 10:00AM - 12:00PM and will take place in Room 215 in the Woodruff Library and will focus on accessing the contents of this collection and on the various on-line learning tools that are part of it. Refreshments will be provided.
The ICPSR has unveiled the NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NCAA/. This archive will be populated with data gathered by the NCAA for the purpose of evaluating the experiences and academic performance of NCAA athletes.
Professor Chris Blattman at Yale is a participant in a project titled the Survey of War Affected Youth. The project, which focuses on northern Uganda, studies the impact of conflict on youth and the impact of programs intended to encourage post-conflict recovery. See http://chrisblattman.com/projects/sway/ for more information.