How does ICPSR handle access to its data and members-only content?

In order to download data or analyze data online, users will need to log in (authenticate) and agree to terms of use.

Users may log in to ICPSR using their Facebook or Google account. They may also use an ICPSR MyData account if they prefer not to use third party authentication.

Benefits of Third Party Authentication

Privacy Issues

Multiple Logins

A user may log into ICPSR using (for example) Facebook one session, Google another session, and MyData a third session. Doing so would create separate profiles in the ICPSR system if the third party accounts are associated with different email addresses.


MyData is a user registration and authentication system for the ICPSR website. The system creates a more secure environment for users and enables them to sign up for services that ICPSR is developing. MyData has the following user-friendly features:

Do I have to establish a MyData account?

Users who desire to download members-only data and some publicly available data may either establish a MyData account or log in using their Facebook or Google account. When a user creates a new account, s/he will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire about user preferences. Users that do not want to share their name and contact information with the Official Representative at their member institution can request to withhold that information.

Help Creating a MyData Account

You can find a video tutorial addressing this topic on the ICPSR YouTube channel.