Data Services

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.
  • 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 Data Liberation Initiative 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.

Content last reviewed: December 15, 2020