STATISTICS vs. DATA
In the academic world, statistics and data are very different.
Simply stated, statistics are processed numbers that provide meaningful information. Statistics are generally "ready to use" - for papers, assignments, presentations, etc. An example is the average income of Canadians in each of the provinces and territories in 2015.
Data, (often called microdata) is the raw information that is processed and analyzed to produce statistics. An example is the individual responses that were collected when conducting Canada's census in 2016.
The middle column of this page provides access to statistics, followed by data. Most of our Canadian statistics and data are from Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada offers two types of raw microdata. Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF's), available via ODESI, are edited, anonymized microdata files. The more detailed microdata master files are only available through the Research Data Centre (RDC).
For a more comprehensive description, see Statistics: Power From Data!
IMPORTANT! - Proper citation is required when using these products for papers, publications, reports or presentations. Data sets with restricted access are licensed to current students, faculty and staff for non-commercial use only.
Data Services in the Library
The Library provides access to various Canadian research data. We are happy to assist in locating and downloading these data. At this time we are not able to provide assistance with analysis of any kind. Nor do we provide support for statistical software. Due to licensing arrangements with data suppliers some data products are resiricted to Nipissing students, faculty and staff.
It is recommended that you book a consultation ahead of time with the Data and Documents Coordinator, Tom Power.