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Data curation

Traditionally, agencies that implement surveys and international sponsors of such activities paid little attention to the documentation, dissemination, and preservation of the survey microdata. This often resulted in survey data and metadata being lost or under-exploited. But both demand for survey microdata from the research community and the attention paid to documenting and sharing microdata have increased. New standards and practices have emerged, often in the academic community. National statistical agencies and other official data producers have modernized legislation and their services to customers, and now show greater regard for the preservation of survey data and related materials, and for the dissemination of microdata.

The IHSN is working in close collaboration with various institutions and data centers specializing in microdata curation to develop or adapt standards, tools, and guidelines for use by national statistical agencies. .

IHSN work in this area includes:

In addition to these projects, the IHSN also supports the development of tools for microdata cataloguing and policy guidelines for microdata dissemination.