About Public-Use Data
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Getting Public-Use Data
Public-use data are available from two different sources: the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and Sociometrics. Users may obtain the data from either source, depending on their needs.
Downloading public-use data from 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.
Obtaining public-use data from Sociometrics
Sociometrics distributes the public-use data on CD-ROM for a fee. The data are distributed in a variety of formats, including SPSS, SAS and ASCII. Follow the links below to read more about public-use data sets available from Sociometrics:
For more information or to obtain the public-use data from Sociometrics, contact:
170 State Street, Suite 260
Los Altos, California 94022-2812
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.