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General Information

What is CISER?

The Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research was founded in 1981.  Our mission is to anticipate and support the evolving computational and data needs of Cornell social scientists and economists throughout the entire research process and data life cycle.

Computing systems support
  • A state-of-the-art computing cluster of multi-processor Windows servers accommodate a wide range of computing needs.
  • Expansive disk storage, daily backups.
  • Access to statistical software packages (SAS, SPSS, Stata, Gauss, R, Matlab, Stat Transfer and others), as well as programming utilities.
  • A separate, secure computing environment to support use of confidential datasets.
Data access and consulting
Software consulting
  • Assistance with use of data files and statistical analysis software.
  • Help desk support, responding to walk-in, e-mail, instant messaging, and telephone queries.
  • A substantial web-based library of sample programs, instructional material on using the CISER research servers, and FAQs.
  • Hands-on workshops for SAS, SPSS, Stata, and other software packages for analyzing data.

Since 2004, CISER has been home to the Cornell Census Research Data Center, one of two locations for the New York Census Research Data Center. The Cornell RDC provides access to confidential microdata distributed by the Census Bureau, National Center for Health Statistics, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, for research use.

National and international affiliations

CISER is an institutional member of the Association of Public Data Users (APDU), Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), DDI Alliance. and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

The Cornell Census Research Data Center is affiliated with the New York Census Research Data Center, a consortium of research institutions.

Affiliated colleges

CISER is supported by the following schools and colleges and the Office of the Provost.