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Research Data Services

Guidance, tools, and training to support faculty and students working with research data.

Find Data

Data are available for discovery and reuse in many places. Some datasets may be open without restrictions on reuse, while others may require an application for reuse and information about intended reuse. All documentation accompanying datasets should be reviewed thoroughly before reuse.

What is the difference between data and statistics? Data are primary sources that are created through observation and measurement. Meanwhile, statistics are the result of data analysis - its interpretation and presentation. Put simply, data is the raw information from which statistics are created.

To find research data resulting from research projects, search a research data repository:

For help finding research data sources, contact your subject librarian for assistance.

To find government data search an open data portal:

  • DataBC, responsible for the B.C. Data Catalogue, the Open Data initiative and the B.C. Spatial Data Infrastructure
  •, lists data portals around the world - search by geographic location
  • OpenData, the Government of Canada's data portal
  •, the United States Government's data portal

For support with government information, contact Alex Burdett.

UVic Libraries provides support for locating geospatial, social sciences and humanities data:

  • To find Canadian and international census and survey data, consult the library's micro-data guide
  • To find geo-spatial data, consult the library's geospatial data guide.

To find statistics from Statistics Canada, CANSIM, or BC Stats, consult the library's Statistical Resources guide.

For support with micro-data and geo-spatial data, contact Daniel Brendle-Moczuk.

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