Data Archive

Archiving Data

There are several benefits to archiving the data from a research project to make the data available to other social scientists. Secondary data analysis increases the productivity of social science and makes a proposed project more attractive to potential funding agencies (many of which now require that data collected with their funds be archived and made publicly available).

The Odum Institute encourages researchers to deposit their data with the Institute. Data on any social science or health topic are welcome. We would be especially grateful for state polls and Southern data. Data archived with the Institute will be made available on the Institute's Web site at no cost to depositors or users. Benefits to depositors include inclusion of deposited data in the Institute's electronic catalog of holdings and, for public opinion data, inclusion in our public opinion item index, which allows online free-text searching.

Though we prefer clean, machine-readable data with complete and accurate documentation, we are willing to assist in the preparation of data that does not meet this standard. We accept a variety of formats, including IBM-compatible disks, CDs, ftp, or e-mail attachments, in order to accommodate data depositors. We prefer to obtain fully documented SPSS, SAS, or Stata files containing variable and value labels. We can also accept raw data files if complete file layout information is also provided. Printed copies of questionnaires will be accepted if electronic versions are not available.

A printed or electronic copy of our data deposit form (available as a PDF or in Microsoft Word document should accompany all data contributions.

Should you have questions about preparing your data for deposit, please contact Jonathan Crabtree at odumarchive@unc.edu or 919-428-6112.