World Population Data System (WPDS)
A collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Population Center and the University of Michigan, this project will create new organizational and technical infrastructure for the integration, preservation, and dissemination of large-scale population data resources. This World Population Data System (WPDS), in partnership with the national statistical agencies of 75 countries, major data archives, research centers, and genealogical organizations, will support the world’s largest population data collection, with information about billions of individuals and tens of thousands of places over the past 150 years. The project will develop a model for the sustainable expansion, maintenance, and improvement of a global data resource over multiple decades. I-CHASS will collaborate in the creation of systems, tools, and procedures for database expansion, metadata creation and management, data integration, data security, dissemination, and analysis.