Section 4: Resources

  1. The dlilist
  2. The DLI Update Newsletter
  3. The DLI Training Repository
  4. Contacts

The dlilist

About the dlilist

The dlilist listserv is the DLI community's primary communication tool. It is used  to ask reference questions, obtain information about the DLI collection, discuss data related issues, ask for help interpreting the DLI licence, and to provide feedback about Statistics Canada products and services.

The dlilist is a subscription-based listserv, which means that only registered users can post and receive messages. Messages from the list are sent to all registered users by email. Users can either email the listserv or send messages on the listserv web application.

Subscribing and unsubscribing

To subscribe to the dlilist, contact the DLI Unit.

To unsubscribe from the list, send a blank message to or contact the DLI Unit.

After you receive a confirmation, you may post messages to the dlilist by sending a message to:


The dlilist is an opt-in listsev. By using this service, you agree that your email address and any communications will be made available to the other dlilist users. All communications will be archived in Statistics Canada's mailing list archive. The opinions expressed are those of the dlilist users and are not representative of Statistics Canada's opinions.

Changing your email address

To change the email address you use for the dlilist send an email to the DLI Unit to inform the Unit of your new email address.

Dlilist archives

Messages from the dlilist are archived and kept in a protected, searchable archive that can be accessed by DLI Contacts.

Asking a question on the dlilist

Before asking a question, you may wish to consult the dlilist archives to see if a similar question has already been asked.

When asking about a specific survey or dataset make sure to include the following information:

  • Survey name (please use the full name of the survey)
  • Survey year/cycle
  • File name
  • Where/how you found the file (DLI EFT site, Nesstar, <odesi>; ABACUS, StatCan online catalogue, etc.)

When asking a question, make sure to state precisely what the researcher is looking for and include the following information.:

  • Level of geography sought
  • Time frame (historical, most recent, etc.)
  • Any other information you deem relevant

Explain your problem, making sure to indicate how you tried to resolve it and anything else you have tried to find. This will save us time so we don't duplicate what you have already done.

Remember, your question will often be forwarded to survey managers and client services sections at Statistics Canada. It is always easier to get a prompt answer when a complete picture of the problem is provided.

DIGRS - Data Interest Group for Reference Services

Hosted at the University of Alberta, DIGRS content is primarily based on questions and answers from the DLI listserv from 2004 to the present. The content is presented in a user friendly manner and information can be retrieved through keyword searches or by browsing by date or category.

A quick overview of DIGRS is available in the DLI Communication Tools and Where can I find Help? DLI Basics presentations in the Training Repository.

The DLI Update Newsletter

About the DLI Update

Published since 1997, the purpose of this newsletter is to build a sense of community among DLI Contacts. The newsletter provides updates on DLI projects and local data-related initiatives.

Examples of articles written for the DLI Update.

  • Report from My First IASSIST Conference, Spring 2008, Volume 11, Issue 1
  • My First Encounter with Data, Spring 2006, Volume  9 Issue 1
  • From Reference to Data: A Slow Ride on a Fast Train?, Summer 2003, Volume 6 Issue 1
  • DLI's arsenal of training tools: Licence Q&A, Fall 2013, Volume 14, Issue 2
  • A trial run of the RTRA service at Guelph, Fall 2014, Volume 16 Issue 2

Previous editions of the newsletter are available on the DLI EFT site and the DLI Training Repository.

Submitting articles to the DLI Update

Feedback, ideas and submissions for future issues of the newsletter are welcome. Please send them to the DLI Unit.

The DLI Training Repository

About the DLI Training Repository (TR)

The DLI Training Repository is a valuable resource of which all DLI Contacts should be aware and use. It contains training sessions and workshop presentations from the DLI and from other national and international conferences over the years. It was designed as a repository for academic working papers, data sets, etc.

For more information on the Training Repository, visit the DLI Update - September 2005, Volume 8, Issue 1.  For more details about the background of the TR, visit the presentation by Jane Fry, Carleton University, "Creating a Repository of Training Materials: The Canadian Experience" available on the DLI Training Repository.

Access to the Training Repository

The Training Repository is available to any Internet user. Since it is accessible by anyone, the actual datasets connected with presentations or training sessions reside on the DLI EFT site and are accessible to DLI Contacts only.

The Training Repository's value goes beyond the DLI Contacts, as students, faculty and staff can be referred to various presentations which are accessible from anywhere.

Sample training sessions

The following are sample training sessions found in the DLI Training Repository.


Topic specific

Hands-on exercises


Below is a listing of the main data organizations to which DLI Contacts often refer.

Canadian data organizations

A COPPUL (Council or Prairie and Pacific University Libraries) Consortium of Library Electronic Data Services traces its roots back to its inaugural meeting at the University of Calgary in December 1992. With the introduction of the DLI in 1996, it naturally followed that ACCOLEDS would continue to offer annual training sessions to its members, but with a shift in focus to Statistics Canada data.
Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives
Membership is open to any individual interested in maps and geographic data and who support the Organization's objectives.
Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire
(BCI) formerly CREPUQ (Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities)
OCUL Data Community
The OCUL Data Community (ODC) will promote and encourage the advancement of access to electronic data resources, such as, but not restricted to, those provided under Statistics Canada's Data Liberation Initiative. The ODC will facilitate the exchange of ideas and foster discussion amongst data professionals to encourage collaborative initiatives, the development of new ideas, increased access, and more efficient use of resources. In the OCUL context, the ODC will collectively lobby government and commercial institutions and liaise with professional data organizations across Canada and around the world.

International data organizations

Association of Public Data Users (USA)
APDU is a network of public data producers, disseminators, and users. The organization provides a mechanism to share news and concerns and advocate on behalf of public data users.
Council of European Social Science Data Archives
CESSDA is the acquisition, archiving and distribution of electronic data for social science teaching and research in Europe.
Committee on Data for Science and Technology
CODATA is an interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU). It works to improve the quality and accessibility of data, as well as the methods by which data are acquired, managed, and analyzed to facilitate international cooperation among those collecting, organizing, and using data and to promote an increased awareness in the scientific and technical community of the importance of these activities.
International Association for Social Science Information Services and TechnologybBr /> IASSIST is an international organization of professionals working in and with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences.
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
ICPSR provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use.
International Federation of Data Organizations
IFDO is an international, institution-based membership organization of data archives.
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
The Roper Center is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented.