October 27, 2010

RTI Hosts New Triangle Census Research Data Center Location

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Lee Mobley
Lee Mobley

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—Officials from Duke University, RTI International, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the U.S. Census Bureau recently dedicated a new census research data center (RDC) at the Research Triangle campus of RTI.

The new facility, a 2,000-square-foot workspace, is one of 13 located across the nation that allow authorized researchers to access vast amounts of unpublished U.S. census data for approved research purposes.

The centers house data on everything from health to employment issues, and allow researchers to work with far more data through the census center than they could ever gather on their own.

These data are considered by many as the single richest source of information for social science researchers.

"With the opening of the new lab, RTI researchers will have access to RDC data at their fingertips," said Senior Fellow Lee Mobley, who led the effort to bring the new center to RTI. "Researchers with approved project clearance will be able to use the RDC to conduct research that would not be possible without access to respondent-level information." (View a video of the ribbon cutting ceremony.)

For the past 10 years, researchers have accessed this information in a cramped lab at Duke University. The new, larger RTI center will provide easier access to the myriad databases the census bureau maintains.

The smaller center at Duke will remain open.