Requests for Permission to Redistribute ICPSR Data

ICPSR obtains permission from data depositors to disseminate their data collections under its standard terms of use. These terms include the following statement, from Article 1.2.B of the Bylaws, as agreed to by each campus Official Representative upon their institution's becoming a member of ICPSR:

Members will not distribute data or other materials supplied by ICPSR to other members, organizations, or individuals at other institutions, without the written agreement of ICPSR.

This policy also applies to data and documentation materials supplied to institutions and organizations which are not members of ICPSR.

In keeping with this policy, all requests for permission to redistribute ICPSR data, in any form, must be approved by the ICPSR Council Committee on Archival Development.

Requests to redistribute ICPSR data must be received in writing.

ICPSR staff will forward all such requests to members of the Committee on Archival Development for discussion. If the request can be held and presented at the next meeting of Council, discussion will take place at the regularly scheduled Archival Development Committee meeting. If the request requires more timely attention, the request will be presented to the Committee members via e-mail.

Evaluation of the request will consider the following:

  • Is the product to be created from the ICPSR data of general benefit to the research community?

  • Does the proposed product offer functionality not available from ICPSR?

  • Will the product provide a clear net benefit to the ICPSR membership?

  • Will the license agreement for the product be acceptable to the ICPSR membership?

  • Will the proposed remuneration to ICPSR be satisfactory? Remuneration may be either monetary or in the form of access to the product.

The outcome of the deliberations by the Committee on Archival Development will be forwarded to the requestor in an official letter from the ICPSR Director.

If the request is granted, the letter from the ICPSR Director will include a copy of the standard ICPSR Acknowledgement and Disclaimer which will appear on the product.

Note: This policy does not apply to data archived through openICPSR.

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