The China Data Center at the University of Michigan is an international Center designed to advance the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system, where spatial and temporal references are maintained through a relational database. This will facilitate comparative and interdisciplinary uses of the data, enable both non-specialists and China scholars to understand and utilize these data, and enhance knowledge of China. Its missions include: to support research in the human and natural components of local, regional and global change; to promote quantitative research on China studies; to promote collaborative research in spatial studies; and to promote the use and sharing of China data in teaching and research.
China Data Center is hosted at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), at The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan, is an international membership organization that provides web-based access to empirical social science data for research and teaching, and offers classroom training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. ICPSR also provides user support and preserves data to ensure their long-term availability. Over 700 institutions from around the world are members of ICPSR.
The work environment is a combination of the best aspects of a small research or business unit within a university setting. ICPSR is small enough that each person can make a difference, yet large enough to offer a variety of career opportunities. We have a relaxed, collegial atmosphere that fosters communication and networking within and between departments. We are family-friendly, offering flexibility with work hours, and we have a diverse staff that enriches the workplace with their skills and experience.
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