Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Use of SLID and LFS Data in Report


I have been asked by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) to expand upon my term project for Labour Economics (ECON 5362). I completed that project using data from Statistics Canada's Survey of Labour and Income dynamics and the Labour Force Survey that I obtained through ODESI. The CCPA is a registered not-for-profit organization and my report will be eventually be part of a document that will be freely available to the public at no cost however the CCPA will be paying for me for my time. My question is whether this will be an allowable use of the ODESI data or not.


Key Issues to consider:

Is the individual an authorised user? - Yes

The DLI Licence agreement for Public Use Microdata Files (PUMFs) stipulates that access to DLI data can be granted only to those individuals having current standing (students, faculty, researchers, administrators) at participating institutions. The student is currently registered as a Student, so yes.

Is the proposed use within the licence? - Yes

The use of the files are allowed for statistical and research purposes. So yes it is within the proposed use of the licence.

The Microdata file cannot however be reproduced and transmitted to any person or organization outside of the Licensee's organization. Since they will only be sharing the aggregate outputs, then this is within the confines of the licence.

Decision: The graduate student would be able to use the SLID and LFS data; only the graduate student may access the data and only results may be shared with the CCPA.