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Abacus holds the Library's collection of open and licensed data sets from around the world, primarily public use microdata (PUMFs) from censuses, other social and health surveys, public opinion polls, and spatial data for GIS. Access to some data is restricted to UBC users, but many datasets are open access and reference materials such as user guides and codebooks are open to all users. Important research data sets in Abacus:

  • Statistics Canada Open Data, including Public Use Microdata Files (PUMFs) OPEN ACCESS
  • Statistics Canada's Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) PERMITTED USE
  • Statistics Canada's Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) PERMITTED USE
  • Spatial data from DMTISpatial - PERMITTED USE
  • ESRI data and maps
  • Canadian Centre for Public Opinion (CIPO) - Canadian Gallup polls
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) - PERMITTED USE
  • Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), Vanderbilt University - PERMITTED USE
  • Cross-National Time-Series Data, Databanks International - PERMITTED USE
  • Canadian Heart Health Database - PERMITTED USE
  • Postal Code Conversion Files - PERMITTED USE
  • Abacus is maintained by the Data Services team, Research Commons, Koerner Library.


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