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The Research Commons provides resources and services to address the growing usage of statistical, numerical, and geospatial data by SFU graduate researchers across many disciplines.
SFU Research Data Library
The Research Data Library provides access to quantitative survey research data, and to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and digital spatial data.
SFU Data Services provide assistance with:
- data access
- data preparation
- custom subsetting
For assistance with research data services, please contact Carla Graebner.
Data files: Social survey files, DLI data, GIS datasets, and geospatial data.
A data discovery tool that provides researchers with the ability to search for survey questions and variables across hundreds of datasets held in a number of collections. Simple data analysis may also be performed.
Time series of Canadian data from CHASS
A central repository and dissemination service for machine-readable social science data. ICPSR supplies social science data files for use with statistical software, such as SAS or SPSS.
The Canadian Census Analyser provides access to Canadian Census Data. It includes census tables with summary statistics for a variety of geographic levels, as well as microdata files with random samples of raw data.
The Census Program provides a statistical portrait of the country every five years.
The Canadian Financial Markets Research Centre (CFMRC) Summary Information Database. Daily and monthly Toronto Stock Exchange trading information.
Datasets available from the CHASS Data Centre
The Cross-National Time-Series (CNTS) Data Archive provides ranges of annual data from 1815 to the present for all countries for many variables of use to the social scientist researcher.
A custom set of 5 tables from the NHS (National Health Survey).
A collection of GIS data products for Canada.
Access to International Historical Statistics covering 1750-2010.
The Ipsos Canadian Public Affairs Dataverse is a repository of over 60 Ipsos Canada surveys that shed light on Canadian culture, politics, and society.
Lipad.ca is an online platform that allows users to access an enriched and fully searchable version of the Debates of the House of Commons of Canada (Hansard).
SAGE Research Methods Datasets is a collection of teaching datasets and instructional guides that give students a chance to learn data analysis by practicing themselves.
Microdata Analysis and Subsetting provides interactive access to a growing list of selected microdata files via SDA (Survey Documentation and Analysis) software.
A statistics portal that integrates statistics from thousands of sources and provides simple exports of both data and charts in multiple formats.
The Statistics Canada Web Data Server provides access to aggregate data using the Beyond 20/20 platform
MANTRA - Research Data Management Training
MANTRA is a free online course created by EDINA and Data Library, University of Edinburgh. MANTRA is designed for researchers who work with data and includes information on managing their research data.
SFU Library provides services and support for researchers using GIS and maps across all disciplines. Access resources and services here.
Services and support include:
- access to geospatial data
- GIS training
- provision of GIS software
- access to the map collection
- guidelines for citing geospatial data and maps
- GIS networking and events
The Research Data Library contains a large collection of local, provincial, national and international statistical data including access to CANSIM, Canadian Census data, and many other statistical sources.
For more information on statistics, consult the following SFU Research Guides:
- Statistics and actuarial science research guide
- BC Statistics
- Statistics - Canada
- Statistics - Canadian Census
- Which census product should I use?
Statistical Sources is a listing of databases and indexes to collections of statistical data (e.g. Statistics Canada, BC Stats, World Development Indicators, etc.) available to SFU graduate researchers.