Social Science Data Archive

Welcome to the Social Science Data Archive

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Whether you're here to find data for a research project or just find out what data is, we're prepared to assist you in any way.

Our website offers our catalog of data holdings, resources to find and analyze data, and finally, tutorials to enrich your knowledge of data practices and procedures.

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About the Data Archive

Data services have been operating at UCLA since 1961 when political science professor Dwaine Marvick established the Political Behavior Archive (PBA); through his efforts, UCLA was one of the 8 founding members of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) in 1962.  When the Survey Research Center (SRC) was formed in 1964,under the direction of Eve Fielder, the PBA was merged with a planned Archive Data Library the SRC was to house. In 1977, Donald Treiman (Distinguished Professor, Sociology) was instrumental in designing and defining a newframework for the Data Archive. Under the guidance and stewardship of William A.V. Clark (Professor, Geography) the Archive developed into the popular campus facility of today.

The mission of the Social Science Data Archive has been and continues to be to provide a foundation for social science research with faculty support throughout an entire research project involving original data collection or the reuse of publicly available studies. Data Archive staff and researchers work as partners throughout all stages of the research process, beginning when a hypothesis or area of study is being developed, during grant and funding activities, while data collection and/or analysis is ongoing, and finally in long term preservation of research results. Our role is to provide a collaborative environment where the focus is on understanding the nature and scope of research approach and management of research output throughout the entire life cycle of the project.

Instructional support, especially support that links research with instruction is also a mainstay of operations.  The Data Archive is one of the key support components in those disciplines that provide instruction in research methods, survey design and methods, statistics, and data analysis. Throughout the campus, data provided by the Archive is used by faculty in courses to transmit pedagogy, illustrate theory and develop understanding of social, political, demographic, economic, geographic and historical trends and issues.

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