Project Talent Data Available to Researchers

Project Talent data from 1960 are now available to researchers through the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA).NACDA is part of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), an international consortium of academic institutions and research organizations that maintains data archives for research in the social sciences and provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

Modern data files for the one-, five-, and eleven-year follow-up studies will also be posted at NACDA with the 1960 data. Researchers interested in using them can contact AIR directly through

AIR survey methodologists, led by Dr. Deanna Lyter Achorn, worked with University of Michigan colleagues to prepare the Project Talent data and documentation following ICPSR’s requirements for data preservation, enhancement, and dissemination.  The team transformed the data from a large number of files on 9-track tapes that hadn’t been read in years to a data file for each high school grade, documenting the data and creating tools to facilitate its use with SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, and other statistical analysis packages.

The work included:

Preserving and enhancing the data was funded by AIR and the National Institute on Aging (AG038587).

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