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Workshops & seminars

Canadian statistics and microdata for the social sciences

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



GradProSkills and Concordia Library


GradPro Skills
514-848-2424 ext. 5615


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve W.
R. Howard Webster Library

Room LB-207



This workshop is open to all.

Graduate students: please register through GradProSkills.

Everyone else can register through the Library.

This workshop will focus on the main sources of social statistics in Canada, namely Statistics Canada's Website, more specifically the Data section and the Canadian Census. Provincial statistics (Institut de la Statistique du Qu├ębec) will also be mentioned. The second part of the presentation will present the concept of microdata and introduce students to data available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). We will review the best methods to identify relevant surveys. The various types of data files (PUMFs, Master Files) will be described and students will be shown how to access those files via the Odesi database or by going to the Research Data Centre at McGill (QICSS). There will be a demonstration of Odesi which will focus on searching the platform for surveys and individual variables and on downloading datasets and associated documentation.

Learning Objectives

1. Students will become familiar with the main Canadian sources of aggregate statistics and microdata

2. Students will differentiate between aggregate statistics and Microdata

3. Students will be able to perform searches for microdata sets at the survey and variable levels

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