2004-02-13: Winter 2004

Minutes of Winter, 2004 Meeting

February 13-14, 2004

San Diego style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> State style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>University style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>


Present: Jim Gerber,
Kanghu Hsu, John Korey, Randy MacIntosh,
Ed Nelson, Jim Ross, Richard Taketa, Gene Turner


  1. MSC to
    approve minutes of fall 2003 meeting at CSU Sacramento
  2. Telephone
    conference call with Ilona Einowski (Berkeley)
    regarding Field data
    1. Ilona
      has set up a test site for the Field data files. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> URL is href="http://ucdata.berkeley.edu/new_web/csuftp/">http://ucdata.berkeley.edu/new_web/csuftp/. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> Click on Restricted in the left
      frame. It is restricted to the CSU
      IP addresses that Randy gave Ilona.
      The IE Browser (under Tools, Internet Options, Advanced) must be
      set to “Use Passive FTP”. If a
      window pops up and asks for a login and password, the browser setting is
      incompatible with the FTP server. All
      representatives should try this out and email Ed to indicate whether they
      were able to make this work.
      Please try it both in your office and in one of your labs. style='mso-spacerun:yes'>
    2. The
      first option was to have the campus provide another port for FTP access
      to the Field data. The campus
      declined to do this because of security concerns. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> Berkeley
      decided to set up their own access point on an in-house server. style='mso-spacerun:yes'>
    3. We
      indicated to Ilona that this might be a problem. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> Many campus labs do not allow the user
      to change the settings for browsers.
      We tested this in the lab at San Diego


      which did not allow
      users to change settings.
    4. Ilona
      said that Field does not use a consistent naming convention for Field
      data files including codebooks, raw data files, SPSS system files, and
      SPSS syntax files.
    5. Sometimes
      Field sends the SPSS system file, the raw data file, and the
      codebook. Other times it sends the
      raw data file, the SPSS syntax file, and the codebook. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> Rarely does it send all four
      files. Ilona needs a standard way
      of naming files.
    6. Services
      that we would like Berkeley
      to provide:

Downloadable files (codebook, raw data, SPSS system
file, SPSS syntax file)

IP authentication

Search capability (using UCSD search engine)

Technical assistance (amount of assistance would need
to be worked out)

Ilona indicated that this would cost $3,000 per year
assuming we can easily resolve the access issue. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> We discussed the possibility of a one-time
set up fee.

We also discussed the possibility of creating SDA files
for all Field data sets. Ilona will
develop a cost estimate that will be contingent on negotiating with Field a way
of producing codebooks in a consistent format.

  1. Discussion
    of other issues relevant to SSDBA services
    1. How
      to handle other data files including Roper files, Sociometrics files, and
      miscellaneous files including INS data, census data, and a few other
      files -- Jim Gerber indicated he would discuss the possibility of storing
      these data files at the Social Science Research Laboratory (SDSU) with
      Doug Coe.
    2. Other
      services that we thought were important:

Workshops—approximately four workshops per year on CSU

Travel support to one SSRIC meeting per year (maintains
current travel support)

Support for Teaching Resources Depository

    1. We
      tried to develop possible cost estimates for these services. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> Remember that these are only our best

access to Field data sets (without SDA) ($3,000)

Field data sets in SDA format ($7,000)

SDSU—providing access to Roper data files, Sociometrics
data files, and other miscellaneous data files ($3,000)


Travel support ($12,000)

Workshops ($5,000)

Teaching Resources Depository support ($4,000)


Total ($34,000)

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To this figure we must add the dollar amount for the
social science data bases (ICPSR, Field, Roper) that the campuses must
provide. For 2003-2004, the campuses
provided $46,250.

Grand total ($80,250) assuming the previous estimates.

  1. Field
    Committee Report
    1. Field
      Question Credits for 2004-2005 -- Chancellor’s Office will receive four
      to five of the six question credits for 2004-2005
    2. MSC
      to recommend Corissa Gwynne Barbary (Hayward)
      for Field Student Intern. Ed to
      talk with her by telephone first to make sure she understands the nature
      of the work to be done as student intern.
    3. MSC
      to recommend Kimberly Nalder (Sacramento)
      as Field Faculty Fellow and Francis Neely (San
      ) to receive question credits.

Nalder would receive seven or eight questions as Faculty
Fellow and Neely would receive six question credits. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> The reduced number of questions for the
Faculty Fellow allows for the four or five questions the Chancellor’s Office
will use.

This is contingent upon Nalder revising the proposal to
improve the questions that will be proposed to Field. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> Ted Lascher is willing to work with Nalder on
the development of the questions.

  1. Telephone
    conference call with Desdemona Cardoza, Dean of the College
    of Natural
    and Social
    Sciences, CSULA, regarding SSDBA
    1. Dean
      Cardoza is considering making a proposal to move the SSDBA from Academic
      Technology to the College of Natural

      and Social Sciences as part of the establishment of a Social Science
      Research Center.

    2. Some
      funds might remain in Academic Technology for technical and server
      support. Other funds would move to
      the college for programming and maintaining the website.
    3. Ed
      to send the Dean a list of the components that we would like to see in a
      revised SSDBA (see list in section on conference call with Ilona).
    4. The
      Dean will work with Peter Quan to prepare a proposal with the components
      costed out so we can compare our options.
  2. ICPSR
    Summer Program-Jim Gerber is the new czar for the summer program. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> A description of the summer program is
    on ICPSR’s website: href="http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog/">http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog/. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> ICPSR provides the CSU with $3,000 to
    distribute to faculty to help with expenses. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> All campus reps should notify their
    faculty of the availability of these funds and send interested names to
    Jim. Interested faculty should
    apply directly to ICPSR and send Jim a copy of their application form and
    a cover letter indicating their interest in being considered for these
  3. Student
    Research Conference—Pomona-Friday, April 30
    1. There
      is a website describing the conference at href="http://www.class.csupomona.edu/pls/src.html">http://www.class.csupomona.edu/pls/src.html.
    2. Keynote
      speaker is Earl Babbie.
    3. Rooms
      have been reserved in the Union.
    4. Posters
      were distributed. John will send
      them to representatives not at the meeting.
    5. Awards

Two awards for best undergraduate and best graduate
paper (each $100). Funds from SPSS book

One award for best paper using SSDBA data ($100). style='mso-spacerun:yes'> Funds provided by SSDBA. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> MSC to change the title of this award to best
paper for quantitative data instead of SSDBA data.

    1. Ed
      to send list of research-oriented faculty to SSRIC for revision. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> Then Ed will distribute a notice about
      the conference to all faculty on the list. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> John to send Ed the notice to send out.
  1. Randy
    will contact the Deans at Chico,
    Long Beach, and San
    is to ask if they would appoint a new
    SSRIC representative. These are the
    three campuses where we have vacancies at the moment.
  2. Teaching
    Resources Depository
    1. Question
      is how we can revise the TRD to make it more useful. style='mso-spacerun:yes'>
    2. How
      can we find support for a technician to make the necessary changes and
      for faculty to create the materials to put on the TRD?
    3. Ed
      to send NSF proposals to Jim Gerber.
      Jim to consult with Bock Allen, Professor of Educational
      Technology and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, SDSU. 
      Brock is an expert on the theory of instructional design and the
      psychology of technology-based learning.
    4. Ed
      to contact Lynda Harding (CETL, Fresno)
      to get information on Pedagogy Enhancement Teaching Grants.
  3. MSC to
    elect Richard Taketa as chair of SSRIC for 2004-2005.