Accessing Restricted Data Through openICPSR

The sections below provide information on identifying, applying for, and accessing restricted data through openICPSR.

openICPSR projects with restricted data include a “Request Information” button on the study home page. Restricted datasets are unavailable for immediate download. View all openICPSR studies containing restricted data.

To initiate access to restricted data, click the “Request Information” button on the project home page and submit your name and email address.

ICPSR will then release the project as a restricted-use ICPSR collection. The release process can take several weeks.

Thereafter, the data will be accessed through the ICPSR Virtual Data Enclave (VDE). Information about the VDE online application process is found on the Accessing Restricted Data at ICPSR page.

Upon approval, data will be disseminated through the Virtual Data Enclave (VDE). The data will be stored on ICPSR's servers, via a remote desktop connection. Researchers are unable to move files from the remote desktop to their own desktop or to the Internet. To receive output from the VDE, researchers must request that ICPSR conduct a disclosure review on the desired files.

Please also note that as openICPSR is a self-publishing repository, the data will be distributed in the exact condition as it arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR does not check or process the materials associated with these collections.