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Dissemination Rules & Regulations

Data are accessible free of charge providing they are used solely for research purposes.
Any use for commercial or teaching purposes is therefore strictly forbidden.

"Research purpose" means the disinterested production or reproduction of innovative knowledge with a view to validating the underlying work and contributing to the greater good. Results are publicly available and can be freely disseminated. The outcome must not serve the particular interests of any public or private institution.

The Dissemination Rules & Regulations have been established by the National Data Committee (CCDSHS) on advice from its Scientific Advisory Board. The agreements signed with data producers specify these rules according to the type of files. This regulation seeks to facilitate data access for research purposes. The rules define the general framework for dissemination. They are complemented by the definition of the research purpose, the procedures for handling access requests and the commitment of data recipients.

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The access procedures vary according to the status and home institution of the applicant. Upon completion of the eligibility check, any approved request must be followed by the signature of an individual commitment letter. Besides, some files may entail signing specific commitment letters due to the rules producers must comply with.

Researchers, teachers, PhD students and students belonging to French public research institutions and universities

By signing the forms, the signatories become personally liable for complying with the research purpose and any other conditions as described in the commitment letter (file protection, etc.).
As for researchers or teachers, this statement must also be signed by the head of their research unit; thus equally engaging their personal responsibility. For those researchers or teachers who are not affiliated to a CNRS unit or to a unit recognised by a ministry, the forms must be signed by the Vice President for Research of their home university.
For other public research institutions, the forms must be signed by either the head of the research unit, the head of department or the head of the institution where the work is conducted.
For Master's students, the forms must be signed by both the person in charge of the research work and the person in charge of the student's curriculum.

Note: On their directors' request to the National Data Committee (CCDSHS) and on advice from CCDSHS Scientific Advisory Board, institutions that do not specifically conduct research on their own but regularly contribute to research programmes can be entitled to get data access through this procedure. So far, CCDSHS has authorized the following institutions: CEREQ, CEPII, OFCE and CEE.

Other French researchers

Researchers, whose situation does not fall under the above, may be granted access to the data on condition that they can provide a detailed description of their research project. Should their application be accepted, the forms must be signed by both the applicant and the head of their home institution.

Foreign-country based researchers and PhD students

Foreign-country based researchers and PhD students have to provide a detailed description of their research project. Should their application be accepted, the forms must be signed by both the applicant and the head of their home institution.

Adisp reserves the right to request any clarification deem necessary and to ask for the arbitration of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Data Committee in case of dispute.

Training in Quantitative Methods

Adisp is authorized to disseminate its data for training purposes in quantitative methods only. Teachers and their students can be granted access to these data for the sole purpose of their research, based on a clearly-identified rationale, of which completion results in the production of a dissertation (or any other type of report).

In any other case, including teaching in statistics or in the use of statistical software, Adisp cannot disseminate its data. However, a number of online databases is available on INSEE's website, for this very purpose (Labour Force Surveys, Annual Declaration of Social Data, Vital Data, etc.).


In order to be authorized to work with the data, all students must compulsorily make an individual request to Adisp (including when the research entails work in group).
Teachers who received databases from Adisp are strictly forbidden to transmit them for any other use whatsoever.