Archiving Study (2011-2013)

The Project Talent Archiving Grant provided for the modernization of the original Project Talent data so that they can be used by researchers today. In 2009 when the Project Talent study began to be reexamined, base-year data were stored on 9-track magnetic tapes. Project Talent researchers worked with National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) to implement a preservation strategy that brought the data up to best practices of the archival sciences. The data were thoroughly cleaned and reviewed, as was the associated documentation, to facilitate analyses by researchers. Any personally-identifying information was removed from the public use files, which were then released online in 2013 in analysis-ready files. Hundreds of researchers have since requested access to the Project Talent baseline data to facilitate their research and inform books, scholarly papers, articles, reports, and dissertations. (R01-AG038587-01A1; PI Lapham)