Data Use Agreements


Investigators and students in departments supported by ISERP who require a signed Data Use Agreement to access data for their research should contact Any DUA requiring signature will be processed by Research Administration. Researchers buying data with grant funds managed by ISERP should email Please note the following:

  1. Students and faculty cannot sign on behalf of the university. ISERP will route the DUA for review and authorized signature.
  2. If any of the data is human subjects data, Columbia will require an approved IRB protocol before signing. You must complete the protocol in the RASCAL system. For more information on Human Subjects Research and submitting an IRB protocol, visit
  3. If you require the use of a cold room on campus for restricted data, see the Computing Resources page for details.


There are many sources of data. Below are some of the sources that Columbia researchers have used:

New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center (NYRDC)

United States Census Bureau

Columbia Digital Social Science Center

National Centers for Environmental Information

Bureau of Labor Statistics



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