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TOP Legacy Project

The University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have partnered to preserve TOP's legacy. At Michigan, the School of Information and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), have the lead. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. At UIUC, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science's Inquiry Lab (iLab) ( provides the hub for access to the TOP legacy, as well as communication and collaboration about the data. The TOP Legacy Project activities include:

  • preserving the TOP website describing projects and giving TOP history;
  • key-word coding of 606 TOP project abstracts;
  • archiving physical materials (video, audio, multimedia);
  • digitizing paper, video and audio materials;
  • extracting, and converting to open source, projects in initial, quarterly, and final reports; and
  • geocoding of TOP projects and linking with associated US census data.

Several publications are planned, as well as the online resources. For more information, contact Dr. Kate Williams at

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