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Research Commons: Research Data

Research data services

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
  • mentoring

For assistance with research data services, please contact Carla Graebner.

Research data sources

Abacus Dataverse Network

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

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

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.

Canadian Census Analyser

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.

Census Program

The Census Program provides a statistical portrait of the country every five years.

CFMRC TSX Database

The Canadian Financial Markets Research Centre (CFMRC) Summary Information Database. Daily and monthly Toronto Stock Exchange trading information.

CHASS Data Centre

Datasets available from the CHASS Data Centre

Cross-National Times-Series Data Archive.

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.

Custom Detailed Occupation Census Tract data for 1991, 2001, and 2011

A custom set of 5 tables from the NHS (National Health Survey).

DMTI Spatial

A collection of GIS data products for Canada.

International Historical Statistics

Access to International Historical Statistics covering 1750-2010.

Ipsos Canadian Public Affairs Dataverse

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: Linked Parliamentary Data Project 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

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.

Statistics Canada Web Data Server

The Statistics Canada Web Data Server provides access to aggregate data using the Beyond 20/20 platform

Research data management

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.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), maps, and geospatial 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:

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.