The Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) is a partnership between post-secondary institutions and Statistics Canada. The focus of the DLI program is to provide access, training and support for an ever-expanding research data collection.
The benefits to membership in the DLI program include access to a large collection of Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF), Postal CodeOM Conversion File (PCCF), Postal Codes OM by Federal Ridings File and Postal CodeOM Conversion File Plus (PCCF+)("data product") and to the Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M). The Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) Research Analytic Files from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) are also available.
Easy access is provided for students and faculty, through NESSTAR, to PUMFS and Masterfiles' "0" frequency codebooks. All data files, documentation and reports that are part of the DLI collection are available through an EFT server. Various secondary data providers repackage the select Statistics Canada data from the EFT on their own research data repositories including ABACUS, ODESI and CHASS. Training material is posted on CUDO.
Members of the DLI program also benefit from research assistance and expert training on the use of the Statistics Canada data. Regional training sessions sponsored by the DLI program are held annually in each of 4 regions across Canada. One participant from each member organization is provided with transportation expenses. Regional training coordinators identify the needs within their region and arrange for the local training events. Every 4 years, a National Training Session and Bootcamp are held. Presenters are from the DLI community and Statistics Canada experts as well as other Statistics Canada data users.
Members' contacts are part of a listserv which is used to share information and ask questions, both to Statistics Canada DLI staff and to colleagues about the data and other research questions. Finally, the DLI program keeps the community updated about new surveys and data coming from Statistics Canada.
As Statistics Canada's dissemination model becomes more open, the DLI program will continue to play an important role in its promotion of data and statistical literacy, to provide feedback to Statistics Canada on the relevancy of its data to Canadian society and in its educational outreach to the DLI and wider communities.
To access the program Subscription Form and Licences, please click the links below:
- DLI Program Subscription Form
- Section I – Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF) Access: Statistics Canada Open Licence
- Section II – Postal Code OM Conversion File (PCCF) Access: PCCF Licence
- Section III – Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) Access: SPSD/M Licence
- Section IV – Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) Analytic File Access – DAD Licence
If you have any further questions, please contact DLI.