The Cornell FSRDC is one of 30 Federal Statistical Research Data Centers, part of a network managed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Researchers with approved projects are able to access confidential internal use files from various federal statistical agencies including the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Center for Health Statistics. This network of data centers is managed by the U.S. Census Bureau. CISER coordinates the relationship with the Census Bureau for Cornell and houses the secure facility that is managed by the Bureau.
Almost all FSRDCs are located at research institutions in large metropolitan areas. Cornell is unique in having this resource available in our rural community. Having this facility allows researchers to work locally with restricted access federal data, removing the need to travel to New York City, the Washington, D.C. area, or elsewhere. Work is conducted in the FSRDC secure facility at 391 Pine Tree Rd., where the researcher is provided a work space with thin-client remote access to the restricted-access data.
CISER is a member of the New York Research Data Center Consortium which has RDC labs at Baruch College, Cornell University, and Yale University. The Consortium is supported by twelve research institutions in New York State and the New York Metropolitan area. CISER maintains the Consortium website, https://nyrdc.cornell.edu/, with information on RDC proposal guidelines, RDC data resources; and policies and procedures. For information about the national network of Federal Statistical Research Data Centers go to https://census.gov/fsrdc. To inquire about the proposal process and use of the Cornell FSRDC, please send an email to CornellRDC@cornell.edu.