Restricted Data Researcher Credentialing


This project will research current practices of restricted data dissemination and will identify the components of a researcher passport that can act as a durable and transferable researcher ID. Using this passport, repositories will be able to quickly assess a researcher's credentials and compare those to their own requirements for data access. The goal is to create community-normed understandings of data restrictions and access requirements and to simplify and improve the data application and access processes.


An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

Products & Resources

The White Paper with the results of our research and preliminary recommendations will be released before the end of the year.

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Contact Information

Johanna Davidson Bleckman

Project Manager

T: 734-615-9517
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