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Data News


  • Data Interest Group for Reference Services (DIGRS) - This Web Log has been created to document a variety of reference interviews and the types of answers that have been given. It is under the direction of Chuck Humphrey, the Data Library Coordinator at the University of Alberta.
  • DLI Training Repository - Contains training sessions & workshop presentations from DLI & other national & international conferences over the years. This web module may only be accessed from the institutional networks of Canadian postsecondary institutions participating in the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). If you are a student or a member of a participating institution and you are unable to access these pages through your institutional network, please inform the DLI contact at your institution.
  • How to Cite Statistics Canada Products - This electronic product shows how to cite all standard products offered by Statistics Canada. In addition to books, articles, analytical studies and periodicals, this work covers non-traditional products.
  • OFFSTATS - Official Statistics on the Web - can be searched by country, region or topic.
  • Open Data Repositories - Canada - Canadian provinces and municipalities are providing data for free to the public. Not all open data have geospatial components but if you are seeking municipal-level data in Canada - especially outside Ontario - open data repositories are a good place to start.
  • The Business & Community Newsletter - This newsletter includes articles and outreach materials that will aid with the understanding of national and local data from the Statistics Canada website.
  • Joe Anonymous - The Joe Anonymous video explains how Statistics Canada anonymizes the data they collect



Raynald’s SPSS tools - A very useful site providing information about using SPSS. There are over 675 sample syntax, macros and scripts that can be downloaded and used as well as numerous links to a variety of tutorials for SPSS. Comments and questions are always welcome.




R - Provides information to help users learn R. Other information includes: add-on products for SAS, SPSS and R; calling R from other software; and using Excel for data entry.

R Tutorial for Beginners: A Quick Start-Up Kit - Learn R: A Statistical Programming Language


Web Interface for Statistics Education (WISE) - Features interactive statistics tutorials, statistics applets, and links to glossaries, journals, and other related statistics sites


Statistics Glossary - Website that gives the definition for the majority of statistical terms and concepts.


Data Organizations

  • DINO (Data in Ontario)
  • ACCOLEDS (A COPPUL Consortium of Library Electronic Data Services)
  • IASSIST (International Association of Social Science Information Service and Technology)
  • IFDO (International Federation of Data Organizations)
  • CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives)


DDI 2.x and Nesstar

These links would be useful to those who mark-up and publish Statistics Canada microdata files for <odesi>. These documents can also be used to mark-up microdata files from other data producers.

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 Additional Links

  • This page highlights additional links of interest for: General Interest; People; Economics; the Nation; Land and Resources; and Public Opinion Polls.



These pages contain links to presentations given.


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