• International data

This webpage presents international surveys and databases and their documentation. For each data you will find a description and how to access the data.
For some of them, the french datasets is also disseminated by Adisp.

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. Each european country give to Eurostat surveys and database which are disseminated by Eurostat for scientific purposes only. You can access to :

Adisp disseminate the french dataset of these surveys : ECHP, EU-LFS, EU-SILC, SES, AES, CSIS.

Access to Eurostat microdata is granted for scientific purposes only. To apply for access to Eurostat's microdata, your organisation must first be recognised by Eurostat as a research entity – a university, research institution or research department in public administration, bank, statistical institute etc.

Steps to apply for Eurostat microdata

International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)

The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) is a continuous programme of cross-national collaboration running annual surveys on topics important for the social sciences. The programme has now grown to about 50 member countries from all over the world. ISSP surveys are designed to serve as replications. Hence, the ISSP offers two powerful research strategies to study societal processes - by combining a cross-time with a cross-national perspective.

Data access: Adisp disseminate french dataset from 1996 (ISSP webpage). Internationales data is available via Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS).
French website / International website

European Social Survey (ESS)

The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years across Europe since 2001. The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations.

Data access: the ESS data is available free of charge for non-commercial use and can be downloaded from this webiste after a short registration.
French website / International website

Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of approximately 110,000 individuals from 20 European countries (+Israel) aged 50 or older.

Data access: the data are available to the entire research community free of charge here.
French website / International website

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an important archive of social sciences research data. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. It offers trainings in quantitative analysis of data and assists researchers in identifying data that is appropriate for analysis and use in their research projects.

More information about ICPSR


CIMES (Centralising and Integrating Metadata from European Statistics) provides a large and comprehensive overview of official micro data disseminated for research purposes by the national statistical institutes (NSI) across Europe. It is a database describing these data and the procedures for requesting access to them with information about the different types of files available (Public Use Files, Scientific Use Files, Secure Use Files) available, conditions of access and links to the providers. CIMES thus gathers pieces of information that are currently scattered throughout Europe, either in NSIs or data archives, and stores them in a structured database compatible with the DDI standard. CIMES is a product of the European FP7 DwB project that aims at facilitating the use of the increasing number of official micro data in Europe. CIMES web-based application is developed by CASD/GENES.


MISSY (Microdata Information System) is an online service platform that provides systematically structured metadata for official statistics. This includes data documentation at the study and variable level as well as documentation materials, tools and further information. MISSY currently covers the following series from the field of official microdata: AES (Adult Education Survey) - EU-LFS (European Union Labour Force Survey) - CIS (Community Innovation Survey) - EU-SILC (European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions) - SES (Structure of Earnings Survey).