ICPSR is pleased to announce a partnership with the University of Michigan China Data Center (CDC) effective July 1, 2012. CDC integrates historical, social and natural science data on China and offers an online geographic analysis system. The center provides a rich array of information on China and offers comprehensive statistics, census data, and spatial data of China online and on CD. While housed at ICPSR headquarters in the Institute for Social Research, it will officially report to the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan and be operated as an independent data service.
“We are extremely excited to welcome the China Data Center and its Director, Shuming Bao,” said ICPSR Director George Alter. “The CDC brings important new dimensions to ICPSR, both in its extensive collection of data about China and in Dr. Bao’s expertise in geographic information systems and spatial analysis. We expect both ICPSR and CDC to benefit from this new collaboration.”
Membership in CDC and ICPSR remain separate, but Alter expects synergies between the two organizations to result in added value for both. For example, technology behind the CDC’s online China Geo-Explorer may be applied to ICPSR data.
CDC was established in the University of Michigan’s International Institute in 1997, and under a new agreement will be overseen by an executive committee to be appointed by the Vice President for Research, with staffing and administrative support provided by ICPSR .