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Share Data

Open Data Flint welcomes your Flint, Michigan-related data. Depositors are encouraged to use our online deposit form to securely upload your data and documentation files and to describe them using the form.

What Should My Deposit Include?

Open Data Flint deposits should include all data and documentation necessary to independently read and interpret the data collection:

  1. Data File
    ICPSR encourages depositors to submit data files as SAS, SPSS, or Stata files. ASCII files are also acceptable as long as they are accompanied with setup files. Datasets in other formats are accepted as well.

    Each variable in the data collection should have a set of exhaustive, mutually-exclusive codes. Variable labels and value labels should clearly describe the information or question recorded in that variable. Missing data codes should be defined.

    Please note that ICPSR can accept data with identifying information under conditions consistent with the consent of the study participants and the relevant Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Feel free to contact us directly with any questions.

  2. Documentation
    Documentation files are integral to interpreting a data collection and should thoroughly explain the data collection. Examples of documentation files include codebooks, data collection instruments, summary statistics, project summaries, and bibliographies of publications pertaining to the data. Documentation can be submitted as Microsoft Word, ASCII, and DDI XML files, among other formats. Documentation that has the question text integrated with variable information is preferred.

  3. Description
    Every new or revised ICPSR study includes a study description, which provides summary information about the data collection. Study descriptions are valuable resources to data users, and include both general information, such as study title and summary, as well as more detailed information about the study design and methodology. Much of the information used by ICPSR data archivists to create the study description comes from the ICPSR data deposit form. A sample deposit form is provided to help you prepare and compile study description information before depositing your data.

For a discussion of best practice in preparing data for sharing, please refer to ICPSR's Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving or contact us directly (opendataflint@umich.edu).