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 Demographic and Population Dynamics Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. We are housed within 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 first five years of 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. Today, DSDR continues to introduce new technologies, such as the online Data Access Request System (IDARS) to help reengineer the ways in which we provide these services.