The Israel Social Sciences Data Center (ISDC) was established by the
Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a
mission to collect, preserve and distribute data of interest to the academic community.
The ISDC is a major infrastructure for quantitative research of Israeli social
and economic issues. Since the early-nineties, it has become a national
resource center, disseminating data throughout Israel and, by arrangement
with foreign archives, internationally. Its user community includes Israeli
universities, colleges and research institutes as well as policy makers in
the public and private sectors. The advisory committee, consisting of the
member institutions and an observer from the Central Bureau of Statistics,
supervises the ISDC activities.
The ISDC now houses approximately 1000 datasets including national
sample surveys, local studies, census micro-data and government records in
selected fields as well as macro-economic and regional series. Several
databases are available through the Web.
Sources of data include the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS),
Institute of Insurance (NIOI), central and local government agencies,
research institutes as well as independent researchers from affiliated
institutes. Since 1995, the ISDC serves also as an authorized distributor of
micro-data from Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Major sources of foreign
data are ISSP and ICPSR Archive in Michigan, where ISDC serves as the
Official Representative of Israel.