December 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 9

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National Science Foundation Funds Project to Develop National Data Infrastructure

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The National Science Foundation has funded researchers, led by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,  to lead a multi-institutional team that will build and deploy a prototype national data management infrastructure that addresses some of the key data challenges facing scientific researchers in the digital age. The infrastructure will support collaborative multidisciplinary research through shared collections, data publication within digital libraries, and reference collections within persistent archives. The NSF awarded nearly $8 million over five years to the DataNet Federation Consortium (DFC), a group that spans seven universities. The DFC will address the data management needs of six science and engineering disciplines: oceanography, hydrology, engineering design, plant biology, cognitive science, and social science. For more information, see

New and Improved DataFinder, a Hub for U.S. And International Data

With the Population Reference Bureau’s (PRB) DataFinder, researchers can search hundreds of population and health indicators for thousands of locations. Begun with just a handful of indicators, DataFinder has grown over the past several years to include hundreds of population and health indicators for thousands of locations around the world. The redesigned and expanded DataFinder now offers a huge new U.S. database of indicators from the U.S. Census Bureau’s decennial census, American Community Survey, and population estimates. Locations include: Census Divisions, Census Regions, Metro Areas, States, Counties, and Places. Browse dozens of indicators in the international database—ranging from population projections to contraceptive use, and including indicators from PRB’s 2011 World Population Data Sheet. You can save your search results by downloading them to a csv file. For more information, see Suggest more improvements to DataFinder by e-mailing

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