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60 Years of Net Migration Data Available through User-Friendly Website

A unique dataset spanning 60 years from 1950 to 2010 allows users to examine net migration for all U.S. counties broken down by age, race, Hispanic origin, and sex. Paul Voss, senior spatial analyst at the Odum Institute, worked with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin to generate this unique data series for the 1990s and 2000s. Voss describes how this is a “one of a kind dataset” and that “what is really somewhat remarkable is the kind of stories the charts can tell.”

This data is publicly available through the Net Migration website created by Jim Beaudoin of the Applied Population Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Users of the website can view interactive maps, create charts, or download data. The website has seen significant traffic since its release with over 140,000 maps and over 69,000 charts created.

Dr. Voss discusses how this data can be used to see patterns among counties and how in many ways “every county seems to have a signature pattern.” Net migration data can be used to explore a variety of research questions spanning disciplines from sociology to public policy. Researchers wishing to download the full data for the 2000s can do so from the Net Migration website; the full datasets for the 1950s to 2000s are available from ICPSR.

Virtual Computing Lab Makes Software Available Remotely

The Odum Institute, in partnership with ITS Research Computing, has made available several lab applications on the Virtual Computing Laboratory (VCL). Located at, you can reserve an environment with many of the applications available in the Odum Institute computer labs from any computer with a remote desktop client (such as a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer). The service is available to any UNC student, faculty, or staff member.

Odum Institute environments available:

  • Atlas.ti
  • GIS/Spatial Analysis Applications (with ArcGIS 9.3.1, ENVI+IDL, and many other spatial analysis applications)

  • LaTeX (with TeXNicCenter, MikTeX, and JabRef)
Other environments available include quantitative analysis applications.

To get started, visit, or read one of the help documents below:

Quick User Guide
Odum Institute Detailed User Guide (PDF)
VCL Help Topics

If you have any problems or difficulties with using the VCL, please e-mail For problems or questions about the Odum Institute VCL images, please e-mail

Triangle Implementation Group

Please join the Triangle Implementation Group for the 2014 semi-annual meeting.

This event is free and open to the public.

March 27, 2014: 1-4 p.m.

Marriott at Research Triangle Park
4700 Guardian Drive, Durham, NC 27703

Salon A/B

Sponsored by the Triangle Implementation Group
in collaboration with Global Implementation Initiative.


Please register your attendance to the event by clicking on the following link: Event Registration Form Linkr contact Cathy Mutarelli at or 336.315.7418.

Keynote Presenter: Abe Wandersman—University of South Carolina

“Because Implementation Matters: Bridging the Gap between Implementation Science and Implementation Practice with Practical Implementation Science”

Panel Discussion: Implications for Research, Practice, & Policy

  • Karen Blase— National Implementation Research Network; Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Bryan Weiner –UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Karen Ponder—Ponder, Inc.

Event Information
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TIG March 2014 Meeting Information

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