Loretta Pierfelice

Data archivist

Center for Human Resource Research, Ohio State University

Years on the NLS team: 1997-present

Role: I'm currently responsible for the maintenance and use of the Original Cohorts.

What innovations have I helped introduce to the NLS

The continuing challenge we have is to reconcile the twin goals of scientific progress and respondent security. I think we do it as well as it can possibly be done. The challenge comes in fulfilling both goals, but in the end, respondent security trumps everything else.

Why am I proud to be part of the NLS team

I am so proud to have been a part of something so far-reaching and important and it has been my privilege to help make our data more accessible through improved documentation, workshops for researchers, and direct help to user's navigating a particularly thorny thicket. People's lives aren't neat, and data that makes it look that way isn't real. Our data sets seem as huge and rich and complex as people's lives, and it's just fun to figure it all out. In retrospect. :)