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Regulations on data dissemination

The data disseminated by Adisp are accessible free of charge to
researchers, professors, doctoral students, post-doctoral students, and, master's students
(in France or abroad) affiliated with a research or educational institution.

The disseminated data are accessible for the purposes of research, scientific production, and, in some cases, teaching (see below). The term, "for the purposes of research," is defined as any scientific production or reproduction that validates new general knowledge. All results must be made public and must be free to disseminate. They must also not serve the interests of a public or private institution.

The regulations on data dissemination were established by the Comité interministériel de Concertation pour les Données en Sciences Humaines et Sociales (CCDSHS), on the advice of this Committee's Scientific Council. All agreements signed by the data producers specify these regulations, while also taking into account the type of files to be disseminated. The regulations define the general framework for data dissemination, which is framed by the research purpose, the procedures for evaluating requests, and the obligations incumbent on the beneficiaries of the data

Following the Digital Republic bill bill and the Statistical Confidentiality Committee’s (Comité du Secret Statistique) opinion of 14 December 2018, the procedure for disseminating “Production and Research” Files (FPR) has changed.

The process for requesting data

As of July 2019, the data access process differs, depending on whether the data files are "Standard" or "Production and Research" (FPR). As a reminder, “FPR” files offer data at an intermediary level, between “standard” data that are anonymised (and more aggregated) and more detailed confidential data, which can be accessed under certain conditions, in particular through the Secure Data Access Centre (CASD) (whose services are subject to a fee).

In all cases, the applicant—a researcher, professor, doctoral student, post-doctoral student, or master's student—must be affiliated with a research or educational institution (EPST, universities, etc.).
Approval of a data request is always conditional on the applicant providing a signed individual application form which serves as a formal attestation that the applicant will respect the stated research purpose, as well as all other stated conditions (protection of files, etc.).

All data requests must be made via the Quetelet-Progedo-Diffusion data request platform.

Authorisation to access “FPR” files

To access "FPR" files for the first time (as of 10 July 2019), the applicant must also provide a signed confidentiality statement (engagement de confidentialité) which, in accordance with the 14 December 2018 opinion of the Statistical Confidentiality Committee (CSS), will allow them to be authorised by the CSS. For an applicant to be authorised, they must meet the following condition: they are a researcher, professor, doctoral student, post-doctoral student, or master's student affiliated with a research or educational institution listed in Annex 2 of the CSS opinion.
The authorisation provided to an applicant allows them to request access to all “FPR” files listed in Annex 1 of the aforementioned opinion.

Once an applicant has been authorised, their individually issued authorisation is valid for all subsequent data requests without any time limit , provided that they maintain an affiliation with an authorised institution.

In all cases, Adisp reserves the right to request any clarification it deems necessary, as well as submit any contentious or disputed cases to the Scientific Council.

Accessing data for teaching quantitative methods

Data can be disseminated for the purposes of teaching quantitative methods only if the instructor and their students will be using the data to conduct problem-based research, for which the final output will be a thesis (or something comparable).
To facilitate the students’ access to the desired “FPR” files, it is highly recommended that the instructor notify Adisp of the forthcoming requests, by providing Adisp with a list of all the parties concerned (i.e., the students who will need to access the “FPR” files). It is also best to complete this step with sufficient advance notice (for example in June or July for a course planned for September or October). Please note that this notification made by the instructor does not replace the data access requests that the students themselves will need to make (even when working in a group context) via the data request portal. However, if the instructor has provided the aforementioned notice, the requests made by each of the students can be handled more quickly..
Instructors are not permitted to redistribute the files or databases provided to them by Adisp.

For all other teaching needs, in particular, for teaching statistics or statistical analysis software, Adisp is not authorised to disseminate the data. In such cases, relevant online databases can be found, most notably on INSEE’s website (e.g., the Labour Force Survey, DADS, the civil registry, EPCV, etc.).

Non-research-based entities

At this time, Adisp is unable to disseminate data to individuals from outside the scientific community, i.e. researchers, professors, and students not affiliated with a research and educational institution. Such individuals must therefore contact the data producer directly to request access to their data.
Please note that Annex 3 of the CSS opinion includes a list of institutions and organisations whose staff may be authorised to access “FPR” files, subject to the relevant data producer’s approval.


The lists included in Annexes 1, 2, and 3 of the CSS opinion are not exhaustive and can change over time.
A data producer could offer a new “FPR” file, which could then be added to Annex 1.
At the request of the individual and subject to approval from the CSS, a research or educational institution (in France or abroad) may be added to the list of authorised institutions in Annex 2.
The same applies to Annex 3, at the request of the non-research-based entity.