Issues in Accessing and Sharing Confidential Survey and Social Science Data

TitleIssues in Accessing and Sharing Confidential Survey and Social Science Data
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsDeWolf, VA
JournalData Science Journal
Volume2
Start Page66-74
KeywordsConfidentiality, Data access, Data sharing, Disclosure, Identifiability, Microdata, Statistical disclosure limitation, Statistical uses of data, Tabular data
Abstract

Researchers collect data from both individuals and organizations under pledges of confidentiality. The U.S. Federal statistical system has established practices and procedures that enable others to access the confidential data it collects. The two main methods are to restrict the content of the data (termed "restricted data") prior to release to the general public and to restrict the conditions under which the data can be accessed, i.e., at what locations, for what purposes (termed "restricted access"). This paper reviews restricted data and restricted access practices in several U.S. statistical agencies. It concludes with suggestions for sharing confidential social science data.

DOI10.2481/dsj.2.66
Endnote Keywords

Confidentiality/Data Access

Endnote ID

12142

Citation Key5564