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For more help in finding data, please contact SFU Library Data Services. This list is maintained by Carla Graebner, Research Data Services Librarian (cgraebne@sfu.ca).

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  1. Research data repository run by the British Columbia Research Libraries' Data Services. It contains SFTP access to data files such as Social survey files, DLI data, GIS datasets, and geospatial data.
  2. 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. NESSTAR supports basic tabulation and analysis online, and allows for the downloading of most datasets into statistical software for further analysis.
    Off-campus access is not available. Please use Nesstar WebView (Statistics Canada) for off-campus access.
  3. 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. NESSTAR supports basic tabulation and analysis online, and allows for the downloading of most datasets into statistical software for further analysis.
  4. Please note, as of March 14th, access to CANSIM via the Statistics Canada website is currently unavailable. We will update this record when access is restored. Collection of time series covering a wide variety of social and economic aspects of Canadian life, via Statistics Canada.
  5. 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.
    To access members only or restricted data, SFU students, faculty and staff must create an ICPSR account.

Other Resources

  1. A custom table based on a 25% sample from the 2016 Canadian Census in Beyond 20/20 format containing aboriginal identity, age and sex excluding institutional residents of Canada, Provinces and Territories.
  2. 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.
  3. Detailed daily and monthly trading data for securities traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX); price and total return data for composite and sector-level TSX indices; annual risk premia for market returns compared to returns on corresponding Government securities.
  4. Datasets collected every 5 years and a wide range of analysis, data, reference and geographical information about Canada from 1996 - present. Topics covered depend on the specific census, but may include: aboriginal peoples; age and sex; education; labour; population.
  5. Multiple databases and search and retrieval programs maintained by Computing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) at the University of Toronto. Data covered here includes the Canadian census, Canadian financial markets, and the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  6. A wide ranging archive which collects annual data from many countries around the world, starting from 1815 to the present. Contains an extensive list of variables which can be analyzed and contrasted.
    Access: Available at standalone computer #2 on the third floor of the Bennett library.
    Reserve/book time: You can book or reserve time on the computer in the Bennett library on Burnaby Mountain which runs this resource by clicking here.
  7. A custom set of 5 tables from the NHS (National Health Survey).
  8. A collection of GIS data products for Canada. Access to the following GIS data products: CanMap streetfiles -- CanMap route logistics -- Canadian atlas map bundle -- Postal geography -- GeoPinpoint geocoding software -- Shorelined boundaries and census data for Canada.
  9. Access to International Historical Statistics covering 1750-2010.
  10. Datasets from over 60 surveys on Canadian culture, politics, and society, covering up to 2017.
  11. Complete record of the Canadian House of Commons Hansard (debate transcripts) from 1901 - present. Search within the full text, speaker names, parties and topics of the Hansard, and get links to biographical information about parliamentarians, including party, gender, constituency demographic profiles and election outcomes.
  12. Collection of teaching datasets and instructional guides covering a range of research methods. By picking a dataset and working through the accompanying guides, students can learn data analysis by practicing themselves.
  13. Microdata Analysis and Subsetting provides interactive access to a growing list of selected microdata files via SDA (Survey Documentation and Analysis) software. Many of the micro-data files that are available via the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI ) from Statistics Canada can be used via SDA. SDA access is based on SPSS and is used in a web browser thus eliminating the need for SPSS on the desktop.
  14. Access to aggregate data using the Beyond 20/20 platform. Researchers accessing the data will be able to view and manipulate .ivt files via the Web without having to install any additional software.
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