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Applications: Social Sciences Methodologies: Data Discovery, Digital Preservation, Event History Data, Secure Access to Confidential Data Relevant Projects: bioCADDIE (NIH BD2K) Building Community Engagement in Data Citation and Open Access to Data (Sloan Foundation) Metadata for Long-standing Large-Scale Social Science Surveys (NSF) Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data (NICHD) Connections:

Research Data Alliance (Interest Group co-chair)

Social Science History Association (former president)

International Association for Social Science Information and Technology

Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences

European Historical Population Samples Network

George Alter

Professor, History


Population Studies Center

Alter’s research grows out of interests in the history of the family, demography, and economic history, and recent projects have examined the effects of early life conditions on health in old age and new ways of describing fertility transitions.  He was a founding member of the Eurasia Project on Population and Family History, which compares demographic responses to economic stress in five historical European and Asian societies.  He is also co-author of a new system for sharing data and methods for the analysis of life histories from historical sources.