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Data Deposit

KOSSDA collects data from individual researchers and research institutions so that social science research data can be permanently preserved and used for research and education.

What are the benefits of depositing data at KOSSDA?

  • Expand social science research base through social sharing of data and promote follow-up research.
  • KOSSDA experts support archiving of data, saving time and effort in organizing and processing data.
  • The deposited data is permanently preserved in KOSSDA database along with the data information (metadata), so that the data is not lost or damaged.
  • The deposited data can be found at a glance through the search service on KOSSDA website.
  • When a researcher uses, refers, or cites the deposited data for research or writing, it is necessary to specify the institution or researcher that produced the data.

You can deposit different types of quantitative and qualitative data materials to KOSSDA as follows.

  • Quantitative data

    Numeric data files, survey data, (administrative data), statistical tables.

  • Qualitative data

    Interview transcripts, documents, field notes, diaries, audio/video recordings, photographs.

Procedures and methods for depositing data are as follows.

To donate data to the KOSSDA, you can either upload the data directly to KOSSDA website or contact KOSSDA staff by e-mail or telephone and discuss how to make your deposit. If the deposit data is a digital file, upload it online using the deposit application on the website or send it via e-mail. If the deposit data is a physical material such as a video/audio tape or printed document, send it by mail or ask KOSSSDA staff to take over it.

Deposit application

Contact us

Tel82-2-880-2111 Emailkossda@snu.ac.kr Address101-250, KOSSDA, 1, Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, [08826]


  • Quantitative data: micro data and various economic and social indicators statistics collected through survey, administrative data, content analysis
  • Qualitative data: interview transcripts, documents, field notes, diaries, audio/video recordings, photographs.
Data-Related Documentations
  • Questionnaire, record questionnaire, content analysis questionnaire, interview questionnaire, etc.
  • Codebooks, coding guides, user guides, industry and occupation classification tables, statistical table summary, etc.
  • Sampling frame guidelines, guidelines for on-site supervision of researchers, guideline for interviewers, interview progress records by sample area, showcards, etc.
  • Answers to survey questions, interview summaries, interview diaries, etc.
  • Final project report, project summary or other documentation for the project, etc.
  • IRB approvals, approved protocols, informed consent agreements, etc.
  • Data-related publications(Literature): List of publications such as research reports, journals, thesis, and books using the data (including title, author, year of publication, publisher, journal name, volume, etc.)
KOSSDA processes deposited data according to its own guidelines, then uploads the data file along with the detailed metadata to the server and builds it into a digital DB. Once the DB is built, we will notify you data uploading through the website and start the online service. If necessary, information of how the deposit is used and for what purpose would be provided.
The copyright of the data deposited in KOSSDA is held by the depositor (institution). KOSSDA protects the copyright of the data by making sure that the data producer (institution) information is specified in the research results re-using the deposit data.
KOSSDA does not have the exclusive service authority for deposits, so you can deposit the data to KOSSDA and other institutions.

The depositor may determine the timing of opening to public. Following the request of the depositor, KOSSDA keeps the access levels of the data into public use, restricted use and private use.

  • Public Use: If the depositor (institution) agrees to open access conditions and there is no problem with copyright, privacy, confidentiality, etc., all register users have access to the data.
  • Restricted Use (requiring depositor approval/permission): If the depositor (institution)agrees to restricted access conditions, it is made available after the approval of the depositor (institution).
  • Private Use (embargo): If the depositor(institution) agrees to non-access conditions, it is available after a period designated by the depositor.
KOSSDA allows users to use data in accordance with the terms and conditions of use of the data. KOSSDA made that users be required to specify the source of the data when using, referencing, or quoting the material in their research or work, thereby preventing unauthorized use of the data. After the end of the data usage period, the user will be informed again about the data disposal and quotation, and submission of the results using the data. In addition, we regularly track the research results of our users and do our best to avoid problems such as data abuse.
KOSSDA DB is built on cloud server and is managed safely from technical error and disaster.