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About Public-Use Data

Public-Use Dataset descriptions - contains descriptions for Wave I-IV

 

Restricted and Public Use Data Guide - for determining which data is available through public or restricted dissemination

Getting Public-Use Data

Public-use data are available from three different sources: The Odum Institute at UNC, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and Sociometrics. Users may obtain the data from either source, depending on their needs.

Odum Institute Dataverse

The Odum Institute at UNC distributes the Add Health public-use data at no charge through the Odum Institute Dataverse Network. To download the data, users will be required to sign a guestbook and agree to the Add Health and Dataverse terms of use.

For more information or to obtain the public-use data from Odum, visit the Add Health Dataverse page.

ICPSR

ICPSR distributes the Add Health public-use data at no charge through its Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) project. Public-use data are available for download from the DSDR website. To download the data, returning users must log in to their MyData account; new users are required to create a MyData account. MyData is the user registration and authentication system for the ICPSR and DSDR websites. The system uses an email address as a login ID and requires a password.

For more information or to obtain the public-use data from ICPSR, visit the ICPSR Add Health page.

Sociometrics

Sociometrics distributes the public-use data for a fee.

For more information or to obtain the public-use data, visit the Sociometrics Add Health page.

 

Limited online analysis

Through its Data Sharing for Demographic Research project, ICPSR supports a system for analyzing the public-use data online. The online analysis system allows users to run both simple and complex analyses, recode and compute new variables, and subset variables or cases for downloading. To access the online analysis system, users must register with MyData, the user registration and authentication system for the ICPSR and DSDR websites. MyData uses an email address as a login ID and requires a password. For more information or to access the ICPSR online analysis system, visit the Add Health online analysis page of the ICPSR website.