Got Data? Key Data Sets Resources and Upcoming Workshop

Do you need to access data for your research projects or studies? The Library licences many data sets through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archive. The ICPSR data archive contains more than 500,000 data files from numerous agencies, including restricted data, and hosts 16 specialized collections in education, aging, criminal justice, substance  abuse, terrorism, and other fields. ICPSR  provides tools for accessing and analyzing data, promotes digital curation, and offers a variety of educational programs. A workshop on ICPSR data sets and data management is being sponsored by the library on May 4, 2012, from 10 AM-12 PM, in CL231. Click on the following link  to the ICPSR flyer if you are interested in attending the workshop. There is a link in the PDF that will take you to a registration page: ICPSRWorkshop-UCSF_May2012. For more information on ICPSR or the workshop, contact Peggy Tahir, Education & Copyright Librarian, at 476-5765.

At UCSF, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has built a website linking to a collection of large datasets that can be downloaded for research purposes. Researchers can also request a consultation, and find information on working with large data sets from this website.

CTSI Data Sets Inventory


Many government agencies also collect and store data that can be downloaded by faculty or students for use in their own research studies or projects. Data can be found online at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) web pages.


The Sate of California provides health data through its Office of Statewide Health Planning and Administration (OSHPD). While access to many data sets is freely available, access to data containing personal information requiures special authorization. The restrictred data sets available from OSHPD include patient discharge data and emergency department and ambulatory surgery data. The library maintains the required release forms, and can provide this data to the UCSF Community. The data is stored on CD-ROM and is on Library Reserve, able to be checked out for seven days once the forms are completed and signed. For access to OSHPD restricted data sets, please contact Andy Panado at 502-4178. Or you can contact the library using this web page.







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Peggy is the Education & Copyright Librarian
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