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What is DSDR?

Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) aims to serve the demographic community by archiving, preserving, and disseminating data relevant for population studies. Specifically, DSDR has four primary aims:

  1. Provide data acquisition, dissemination, and preservation services;
  2. Improve the science of data sharing;
  3. Support the sharing of restricted use data; and
  4. Provide institutional and user support services and community outreach.

DSDR is a project supported by the Population Dynamics Branch (PDB) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (U24 HD048404). We are housed within the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and operate in collaboration with the Carolina Population Center (CPC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) at the University of Minnesota, the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Michigan, the Hopkins Population Center (HPC) at Johns Hopkins University, and the Population Research Center at the RAND Corporation.

The DSDR project established the basis for a shared data infrastructure to support demographers housed in NICHD-funded population centers and those researchers whose data have particular relevance to demographic research. DSDR develops program activities that meet the needs of the research community's emerging interest in areas such as genomic data, data harmonization, deductive disclosure and big data.