Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR)


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DSDR is currently funded through a cooperative agreement between NICHD's Population Dynamics Branch (PDB) and the University of Michigan. DSDR's objective is to develop a scientifically rigorous data-sharing infrastructure that NICHD grantees and other researchers can use to facilitate data sharing, while maintaining respondent confidentiality. DSDR provides scientific expertise in dealing with complex data archiving and analysis and supports researchers collecting data and those who wish to use the data.

Topic Areas

DSDR provides the demographic and population sciences research communities with:

  • Tools and resources for dissemination of public and restricted-access data
  • State-of-the-art training in the preparation and dissemination of data and metadata
  • Long-term secure archiving of public-use and restricted-use data
  • Assistance in developing data discovery mechanisms
  • A searchable index of data sets
  • Access to public-use and restricted-use data
  • User support, including assistance in meeting security requirements when applying for restricted-use data

Current DSDR datasets include:

  • National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), 1994–2008
  • Displaced New Orleans Residents Pilot Study (DNORPS)
  • Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study [Public-Use Data]
  • Border Contraceptive Access Study, El Paso, Texas 2005–2008
  • Married and Cohabiting Couples, 2010 [United States]
  • Syntax for Creating a Comparative Dataset on Parents' Time Use in Four Countries, 2000–2003
  • Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles (IIMMLA), 2004
  • National Couples Survey, 2005–2006
  • Familial Responses to Financial Instability (4 surveys)
  • India Human Development Survey (IHDS), 2005
  • Chitwan Valley Family Study: Changing Social Contexts and Family Formation [Nepal]
  • Great Plains Population and Environment Data: Social and Demographic Data, 1870–2000 [United States]
  • Low-Fertility Cohorts Study, 1978: A Survey of White, Ever-Married Women Belonging to the 1901–1910 United States Birth Cohorts
  • Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS), 1991–2006

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