Using Data: Responsible Use and Restricted Data

Posted March 21st, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Want to be sure you’re using data responsibly? Concerned about issues of confidentiality of survey respondents? Have you ever come across a data set that says it’s “restricted access?” The Libraries’ Social Science Data Services has two new web resources to help you:

Responsible Use: Outlines good practices for using data, including maintaining respondent confidentiality and citing data sources.

Restricted Data: Describes the process at MIT for getting access to data sets and variables that data archives restrict for reasons of confidentiality.

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