(April 14, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has joined the Texas Census Research Data Center Consortium (TXCRDC), furthering the effort for UTSA to become a Tier One research university. The TXCRDC operates in close collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau to enable research that expands basic scientific knowledge and provides benefits to the federal statistical system. The TXCRDC is part of the national Census Research Data Center (RDC) network and is one of a dozen such facilities located at leading research institutions around the United States.
"UTSA is very excited to be a member of the TXCRDC Consortium, as it will allow our faculty the ability to access restricted data that will be of significant use in advancing research and pursuing funding support for research programs," said C. Mauli Agrawal, UTSA vice president for research.
The TXCRDC provides a valuable resource for research; one that is available at only a few locations around the country. Specifically, it gives researchers in Texas and beyond the ability to work with restricted-access versions of important data sets in the federal statistical system. These restricted data sets can be superior to public versions of the same data for the purposes of addressing certain research questions.
"Membership to the TXCRDC provides our faculty and students with tremendous social science research opportunities that have previously been out of reach," said Rogelio Saenz, dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "For example, through the construction of the attributes where individuals live, researchers can begin to understand the impact of space on people's social, economic and health patterns. These data certainly open new avenues in the realm of social sciences."
The TXCRDC serves Texas and the nation by hosting a secure computing lab where qualified researchers with approved projects can conduct research using restricted-access versions of important data sets maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies. The TXCRDC is at Texas A&M University, the lead university in the TXCRDC Consortium. Also included in the consortium are the Texas A&M University System, Baylor University, Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin.
Qualified researchers who gain project approval can use the secure lab at the TXCRDC to conduct research that advances basic science and improves the effectiveness of the federal statistical system.
>> The TXCRDC will present a free Proposal Development Workshop from 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at Texas A&M University, College Station.
The workshop goals are to give researchers an overview of:
UTSA researchers who would like to apply for access to restricted data sets should contact Lloyd Potter, UTSA College of Public Policy associate dean for research and Texas state demographer, before submitting an application to the TXCRDC.
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