About Data Services


What is Data Services?

Data Services helps current students, faculty and staff at Memorial University to identify, locate and download electronic data files.

Aspi Balsara (abalsara@mun.ca) is the data contact at Memorial University and can be reached at 864-7427. In his absence, contact Erin Alcock (ekalcock@mun.ca) at the same number. For spatial/geographical data, contact Danial Duda (dduda@mun.ca) at 864-3198.


What data files are available from Memorial University libraries?

The major data source for Memorial University students, faculty and staff is from Statistics Canada's Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). The DLI collection contains socio-economic and demographic data derived from Statistics Canada surveys. The library also subscribes to a collection of international data files from ICPSR. From the Data page, click the International Data tab for further information.


What is the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)?

The DLI is a cooperative effort among various academic organizations, Statistics Canada and other government departments, whereby subscribing Canadian academic institutions gain access to a large collection of Statistics Canada's electronic data files on CD-ROM, FTP or the Web. Memorial University subscribes to the DLI.


Who can use DLI data?

As per the DLI licence, data is restricted to Memorial University of Newfoundland students, faculty and staff for teaching and research as well as for commercial purposes.


Is any assistance available in using statistical software, such as SPSS?

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics runs a Statistics Consulting Centre, directed by Dr. Asokan Variyath who can be reached at 864-6104; variyath@mun.ca. The service is free to Memorial students for the first three consulting hours, beyond which a nominal fee is charged. Memorial facutly and staff pay a subsidized fee, and regular fees apply to all non-Memorial users. Please enquire with Dr. Variyath about the fee structure.