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The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), established in 1962, is an integral part of the infrastructure of social science research. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. To ensure that data resources are available to future generations of scholars, ICPSR preserves data, migrating them to new storage media as changes in technology warrant. In addition, ICPSR provides user support to assist researchers in identifying relevant data for analysis and in conducting their research projects. www.icpsr.umich.edu.
The Open Data Foundation (ODaF) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to the adoption of global metadata standards and the development of open-source solutions promoting the use of statistical data. ODaF focuses on improving data and metadata accessibility and overall quality in support of research, policy making, and transparency, in the fields of economics, finance, health care, education, labor, social science, technology, argriculture, development, and the environment. opendatafoundation.org.
The UK Data Archive (UKDA) is a center of expertise in data acquisition, preservation, dissemination and promotion and is curator of the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the UK. Founded in 1967, it now houses several thousand datasets of interest to a wide range of researchers and provides resource discovery and support for secondary use of quantitative and qualitative data in research, learning and teaching. UKDA is a designated Place of Deposit by The National Archives, allowing it to ingest and preserve public records. UKDA is based at the University of Essex in Colchester. www.data-archive.ac.uk.