Data Services

Changes to Library services during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Data Services acquire, manage, and preserve quantitative computer-readable data files from the various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences and provides data-related services as needed to support research and instruction at Carleton. Specifically, Data Services staff:

  • Maintain a collection of computer-readable data files and their accompanying documentation (codebooks).
  • Assist with the location and acquisition of data files not currently in the Data Services' collection.
  • Assist with both the identification of appropriate datasets and of variables within a dataset, and perform data extractions of selected variables to create custom datasets for research or instructional use.
  • Provide technical assistance with the transfer of data across various hardware and software platforms.
  • Provide help with the use of statistical software and social science research terminology.
  • Assist with the cleaning, documentation, archiving, and dissemination of original data files deposited by researchers.
  • Provide instruction on the management and use of computer-readable data files.

Available Data

For descriptions of the resources available at Data Services, see Find > Data.

Available Help

For help about Data Services, different datasets and statistical programs, please see our Online Help.

Data Access Restrictions

Data files are commonly subject to restricted use under the terms of the licensing agreements signed by the library. The following data files are limited to use by current Carleton University faculty, staff and students only:

  • All DLI files
  • All ICPSR files

Access to other data files must be cleared by the Data Librarian or designate.

Data Services Staff

Data Services Librarian Jane Fry 613.520.2600 x 1121
Data Support Specialist Chris Shoniker 613.520.2600 x 8140

History and Background

Data Services (formerly the Data Centre) at Carleton University, established in 1965, was originally part of the Social Sciences Data Archives, located in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Its function is to serve as a depository for data and to encourage use of the data by faculty and students.

Today, Data Services is a part of Research Support Services.

We are staffed mainly by Social Science students from the university. The students at Data Services help users obtain documentation and access to data held here and with other institutions and individuals. We also consider individual requests for assistance with data analysis and the use of UNIX, SPSS and other software packages.

Currently, our Data Services News Bytes is published once a year. It updates the reader on the latest happenings of Data Services, as well as the latest data sets we have acquired.


One of our ongoing partnerships is with the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). We assist in the creation and analysis of the “2008 DLI Contacts and Designates Web Survey”. This includes the creation of the English Questionnaire and the French Questionnaire. There is also the Methodology Report to browse.

Content last reviewed: August 26, 2019