Kickstarter Data, Global, 2009-2020 (ICPSR 38050)
Version Date: Sep 13, 2022 View help for published
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Launched on April 28, 2009, Kickstarter is a Public Benefit Corporation based in Brooklyn, New York. It is a global crowdfunding platform that helps to fund new creative projects and ideas through direct support from individuals (backers) from around the world who pledge money to bring these projects and ideas to life.
Kickstarter supports many different kinds of projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Funding on Kickstarter is based on the all-or-nothing model. Backers who pledge their support towards a particular project won't be charged unless the funding goal has been reached. Successfully funded projects reward their backers with one-of-a-kind experiences, e.g., limited editions, or copies of the creative work being produced.
This study includes three datasets: (1) Kickstarter Project (public-use file), (2) Backer Location file, and (3) Kickstarter Project (restricted-use file). The public-use Kickstarter Project dataset contains detailed information about all successful and unsuccessful Kickstarter projects (N=506,199) from 2009-2020, including the project category and subcategory, project location (city, state (for U.S.-based projects), and country), funding goal in original and U.S. currencies, amount pledged in dollars, and the number of backers for each project. The restricted file adds the project title, 150-character project description, and the URL for the project on the Kickstarter site. The Backer Location dataset includes information about backers' country and state and the total amount pledged for each geographic location.
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One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete a Restricted Data Use Agreement, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research.
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Creative projects that seek crowdfunding from backers through Kickstarter
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Kickstarter Project Public-Use Data (DS1): This file includes 506199 cases and 22 variables about projects on Kickstarter including: project category, location, launch and end dates, the currency used to fund the project, project goals and amount raised in the original currency as well as USD, number of backers, and project status.
Kickstarter Project Restricted-Use Data (DS2): This file includes 506199 cases and 22 variables about projects on Kickstarter including: project name, summary, category, location, launch and end dates, the currency used to fund the project, project goals and amount raised in the original currency as well as USD, number of backers, project status, and the project URL.
Backer Location (DS3):This file contains 1048575 cases and 6 variables about the demographics of people that donated to Kickstarter projects, including: location, number of backers, and total amount donated in USD.Hide
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2022-09-13 This study has been updated to include DS2 Kickstarter Project Restricted-Use Data.
2022-02-10 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
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The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.