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Survey cataloguing

An increasing number of survey datasets are made available to the research community. Public access to microdata may considerably increase the use and value of data. Experience has demonstrated that the dissemination of well-documented and easily accessible microdata often results in the production of a large and diverse quantity of analytical outputs, at no cost for the primary investigator or survey sponsor. To maximize use of these datasets, proper cataloguing is critical. Locating datasets of interest is often an obstacle to their use, as researchers may not be aware of the existence or characteristics of the data.

The IHSN does not own data and is not mandated to distribute data on behalf of its member or other agencies. But the IHSN does: