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Use of Archive Data

Datasets and their files housed in the CISER computing environment have varying levels of access. Files are identified by a "traffic light" icon that indicates what level applies to their use.

green traffic light These files can be downloaded by anyone. CISER staff provide help with their use to current faculty, staff, and students affiliated with Cornell University.

CISER staff continue to review studies in the data archive to determine which can be made widely available to the public. When studies are supplied to non-Cornell users, they are provided as is. Non-Cornell users are expected to rely on assistance provided by their local institutions.

yellow traffic light These files can be downloaded from links in the online catalog with CUWebAuth authentication. In some cases, these files must be used within the CISER research computing environment (CISERRSCH). Cornell faculty, staff, and students can apply for a computing account.

red traffic light These files may be used by Cornell-affiliated users with a research computing account and with appropriate authorization from the data provider. Contact the CISER Data Archive for further information.

CISER Archive data are provided for the purpose of academic research only.  Datasets obtained for use by members of the Cornell community cannot be used for other purposes. Any redistribution is a violation of Cornell's policies for Responsible Use of Electronic Communications.  Using Archive datasets means that you understand and acknowledge these University policies.

Use of Archive Documentation

Most printed documentation in the archive can be borrowed for a short time for use outside the building. Ask Archive staff if you need access to documentation for an extended period of time or need help locating related publications (for example, technical or summary reports).

Use of Archive CD-ROMS and DVDs

Many datasets on CD and DVD media are in the public domain and may be used and copied freely.  Others contain proprietary data or retrieval software that can be used only in the Archive on a public-use workstation. Use restrictions, if any, are usually provided with the media or in accompanying documentation.  Please consult Archive staff for additional information.

If allowed by the producer, most CD-ROMs and DVDs may be signed out for use outside the Archive for brief periods (generally no more than one week) by those affiliated with Cornell University.  You are responsible for installing or acquiring any product-specific software needed to utilize these data.

Roper Center Policy

Cornell has the following contractual obligations regarding datasets obtained from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

1. You may not redisseminate Roper material in any form - including the Internet - to any other institution or individual not affiliated with Cornell University without written approval of the Roper Center.

2. You should appropriately cite Roper archive resources in your research, including the original survey, any accompanying material, and the fact that the data were acquired from the Roper Center. See the section under Bibliographic Citation on Roper's Terms and Conditions page.

Failure to follow the guidelines could result in the loss of the Roper membership by Cornell. CISER considers any redistribution of data and other materials acquired from the Roper Center to be a violation of the campus code of conduct.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

Data obtained from ICPSR, whether from the CISER file server or ICPSR Direct service, may be used to support research by Cornell University faculty, students and staff only.  As a member of ICPSR, the Data Archive adheres to the following policies governing use and distribution of ICPSR material:

Members will not distribute data or other materials supplied by ICPSR to other members, organizations, or individuals at other institutions, without the written agreement of ICPSR.

Member institutions agree that data and other materials provided by ICPSR are to be used solely for statistical analysis and reporting of aggregated information, and not for investigation of specific individuals or organizations, except when identification is authorized in writing by ICPSR. Each member institution gives assurance that such uses of statistical data will conform to widely accepted standards of practice and legal restrictions that are intended to protect the confidentiality of research subjects.

Books, articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, and other publications or reports that employ data or other resources provided by ICPSR should cite both original data collectors and ICPSR as the source, in accord with recommended citation procedures for computer files in the social sciences.

Source:  ICPSR Bylaws, Article I, Section 2]