Data Resources

Data Information Service Center (DISC)

DISC provides quantitative, numeric microdata for researchers and students conducting secondary analysis in the social sciences. Longitudinal surveys, macroeconomic indicators, election studies, population studies, socialization patterns, poverty measures, labor force participation, public opinion polls, education and health data, and census data comprise the scope of the collection.

Research Data Center (WiscRDC)

WiscRDC is a branch of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) network.  FSRDCs make available otherwise confidential microdata from the Census Bureau, the IRS, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to investigators whose research qualifies for access.

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UW-Madison Research Data Services (RDS)

Research Data Services (RDS) focus on providing researchers with the tools and resources that support their efforts to store, analyze, and share data.  They can help draft and review data management plans,  provide consultation on data sharing and reuse rights, and suggest digital preservation and archival concepts, and make referrals to other campus resources.

Data Science Hub

This resource is part of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.  It provides assistance to researchers to learn about data science training opportunities, identify campus data and computing resources, and establish collaborations with data scientists and other researchers on campus.

Longitudinal StudiesBob and Tess Hauser, investigators on the Longitudinal Study

There are a variety of longitudinal studies available to researchers and students in the Department of Sociology.  Examples include the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) and the Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA).