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Introduction to Statistical Data

  • The Library Data Portal provides access to the EUI's major statistical resources
  • Research data support services are introduced on this Library page
  • EUI-licensed data can only be accessed by current EUI members
  • Read the Conditions of Use before accessing data
  • Access to micro data requires additional registration. Micro data cannot be accessed by short-term visitors
  • For assistance, please write to Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu


Macroeconomic data

National, regional and global economic statistics are available from major providers, including Thomson Reuters, Standard & Poor’s, Global Financial Data Inc., Eurostat, IMF, World Bank, OECD, ECB, WIIW, UN and many others. Macroeconomic data resources are described in detail on this Library page.


Microeconomic and socioeconomic data

Micro-socioeconomic data at the individual, family, household and firm levels are available from Eurostat, ICPSR, GESIS, Moody's Analytics/BvD, UKDS, DIW and many others. Micro data resources are described in detail on this Library page. Current EUI members can register for access to EUI-hosted micro data:

  • complete the micro data registration form (selecting the required data set from the drop-down menu) and;
  • sign two conditions of use agreements at the Economics information office (BF085) or at the Economics Departmental Library information desk (Villa La Fonte).

Separate registration is required for each micro data set. Registered EUI users are given access to the Library's restricted data server. Applicants may also be required to complete parallel registration with data issuers. Specific instructions are provided on each micro data description page under 'How to access.' For assistance, write to econlibrary@eui.eu


European, EU and Euro area statistics 

The Library maintains resource guides for these European data resources:


2018 Library Research Data Guide

Data Guide cover 2018 high resThe 6th edition of the EUI Library’s Research Data Guide was published on 1 March 2018. New content and updates relate to: preparation of datasets for inclusion in the EUI ResData repository; management of research data during the project cycle; data protection and copyright; and compliance with EU research data requirements in Horizon 2020. There are ten sections:

  • 1.  Data discovery and the EUI Library Data Portal
  • 2.  Data protection, database copyright and ethical use
  • 3.  Data management plans (DMPs)
  • 4.  Managing data during the research project cycle
  • 5.  The EUI ResData repository: preserving and sharing data
  • 6.  Research Data in EU Horizon 2020
  • 7.  Open Data
  • 8.  Qualitative data in the humanities and social sciences
  • 9.  Infrastructure, software and support
  • 10. International research data guidelines

Please write to Thomas Bourke, econlibrary@eui.eu to arrange a research data appointment.


Open data

There is a growing trend among scholars, government agencies and international organisations to share data and associated documentation, code, software and tools. Open data resources are available via the internet. Major data repositories are indexed in the international re3data registry and the data repositories’ section of the Open Access Directory. 

By carefully noting the metadata elements explained in Section 5 above, scholars will have a ready checklist for determining whether, when, how, where and under what terms, research data outputs can be shared as open data. Datasets that are made available as open data should be the product of original research. Outputs should be either (i) the result of original data generation, or (ii) the output of significant, value-added, elaboration of pre-existing sources.

Not all research data outputs can be openly shared. The two most significant considerations when determining whether a research dataset can be made available on an open data basis are:

  • Data protection: Persons, families and households cannot be identifiable in any dataset. Depositors are responsible for obtaining the informed consent of subjects for the collection and processing of personal data. Dataset creators are responsible for the anonymisation of data observations (Section 4 above). The EUI Guide to Good Data Protection Practice in Research provides further information on data protection.
  • Database copyright: Research data outputs which are elaborated from pre-existing copyrighted sources may require permission to reposit and share. It is not possible to publish a dataset containing substantial portions of data sourced from pre-existing databases governed by contractual license. The Library can provide advice on copyright and data protection.

Research data outputs can be preserved under a variety of access terms and conditions. Access status may change over time. Data can be made openly available for all users via the internet; data can be subject to pre-access registration terms; data can be subject to user contract (sometimes requiring a project proposal); data can be embargoed for a defined period (or indefinitely) and data can be restricted to on-site access and use. In some cases it may be possible to create a limited public version of a larger, restricted dataset. Data can also be reposited solely for preservation purposes (dark archive).

By accessing and using open data, individual users are responsible for complying with terms of use. In cases where open data are made available without license, users should contact the data owner, or the EUI Library, before rehosting or redistributing sections of the database.


Data software


Data manuals and books on statistical theory

Software manuals are available at the Badia Library and the Economics Departmental Library (001-005 shelfmark range). Online manuals are linked from this page. Books on statistical theory are located in the 500 range at both locations. To suggest new data manuals for acquisition please write to econlibrary@eui.eu  Manuals may be requested for delivery from the Badia Library to the Economics Department; instructions on this Library page.


Weekly e-Bulletin: data updates

Every Friday during term, the EUI Library issues the e-Bulletin of Economics and Statistical Data. The e-Bulletin provides updates about statistical data, journals, new books and eBooks - and information on how to use Library and internet resources for economic and socio-economic research.

EUI members can sign up with an @eui.eu account. Send a message with 'subscribe' in the title to econlibrary@eui.eu (Members of the EUI Economics Department are included by default.)  The eBulletin is not distributed to non-EUI mail accounts.

Information about collection development and services is also circulated via the Library Economics & Data blog and Twitter account.


Classification of the EUI Statistical Data Collection

  • Statistical data are classified by (i) international organisation (ii) country and (iii) subject grouping
  • The classification combines the Statistics Europe framework (6th ed, LIB 016.314) and the Eurostat theme listing
  • This system is also used for the archived paper statistics collection
  • Access online statistical databases via the EUI Library Data Portal.


Statistics on microform and paper

The Microform Collection on the ground (garden) floor of the Badia Library includes historical statistical components of general series; international census publications; annual reports of central banks; publications from the League of Nations and older IMF, OECD and OEEC series. Selected volumes of historical statistics are located in the monographs collection on the lower garden floor of the Badia Library.


Statistics reference works

These international statistical reference works are available at the EUI Library:

The full list of statistical and economic reference works is in this Library directory.


Terms and conditions of use

Access to data provided under license by the EUI Library is restricted to current EUI members. Under the EUI Library's license agreements for data resources:

  • Users may not distribute or allow any other party to have access to data which is provided under license;
  • Users may not modify or create a derivative work of the licensed materials without the permission of the licensor;
  • Users may not remove, obscure or modify any copyright or other proprietary notices included in licensed materials;
  • Users may not use licensed materials for commercial purposes;
  • Users may not retain or distribute substantial portions of a database, and must comply with any post-project data destruction undertakings in the license.

Additional details are on this Library page and in the Library Catalogue under 'Terms of Use.'  The web sites of providers also give database-specific terms and conditions of use.


CIMES project: Centralising and Integrating Metadata from European Statistics

CIMES is a directory of official micro data disseminated for research purposes by national statistical agencies in Europe. The database is a one-stop resource for descriptions of micro datasets, and the procedures for requesting access. "CIMES is a product of the European FP7 DwB project that aims at facilitating the use of the increasing number of official micro data in Europe." Full details are on the CIMES homepage.


Data support

  • For research data support write to econlibrary@eui.eu or visit one of the information desks:
  • Badia Library office, right side of entry-level floor: weekday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (tel. 2346)
  • Economics Department information desk: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 15:00 to 18:30 (tel. 2904).


Data homepage 

Contact: Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu


Page last updated on 08 March 2018