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INDEPTH Data Repository

The INDEPTH Data Repository is an online, free-access archive of fully documented, high-quality datasets from INDEPTH member HDSS centres. Its goal is to enable INDEPTH member HDSSs and associated researchers to contribute and share HDSS datasets with the scientific community in support of the Network's mission. Every dataset is documented, using an internationally accepted metadata standard developed by the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), enabling data users to quickly identify and obtain the data they require. The use of digital object identifiers (doi) promotes proper citation of data sets by data users and facilitates the recognition of the efforts by the INDEPTH Network to make this valuable resource of population and health data for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) available.

Why INDEPTH Data Repository?

“Science is based on building on, reusing and openly criticising the published body of scientific knowledge. For science to effectively function, and for society to reap the full benefits from scientific endeavours, it is crucial that science data be made open.” In this statement the authors of the “Panton Principles” elucidated the fundamental basis for the expectation from a growing body of scientists, research funders, and indeed the general public, that the data underlying published research or generated by research projects should be shared in the public domain and thus freely accessible. Sharing research data can add value to the data at little cost by, for example, using the data to answer questions not anticipated by the original research, or facilitating meta-analyses by pooling similar data from many sources. Individuals who participate in and taxpayers who directly or indirectly support research are justified in expecting that the maximum benefit will be obtained from the research.

IDS Approach

In response to a recent joint statement by funders on the sharing of public health research data, the INDEPTH Executive Director, stressed in a reply , the importance of ensuring that the means and capacity to share and actively participate in the analysis of those data are in the hands of those who generate the data and not only in those who want to analyse it. The INDEPTH Data Repository will be the first data repository that specialises in longitudinal individual level data from LMICs and presents an opportunity to exert a powerful and sustained influence on the availability of well documented and high quality longitudinal individual level exposure and cause specific mortality data from LMICs where such data has traditionally been difficult to obtain. The lack of research data management skills and capacity is generally acknowledged to be a major factor in why such data is not more generally available. As far back as 2006 the INDEPTH Network has taken important steps to address this through the establishment of the ISHARE project with core support funding from Sida/Research Cooperation Unit, Hewlett Foundation, Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Wellcome Trust. ISHARE has recently been expanded into ISHARE2 as part of a Strategic Award funding from the Wellcome Trust, to:

  • Enhance the research data management capacity of INDEPTH member centres and enable them to develop, document, extract, harmonise and quality-assure analytical datasets from their operational databases.
  • Lead a major expansion in INDEPTH data sharing by establishing and maintaining this INDEPTH Data Repository.
  • Strengthen and maintain the skills, procedures and infrastructure necessary to assure quality and responsibly share longitudinal datasets of public health importance with the scientific and policy community.
  • Support the building of data management capacity for the Network by providing course content and placements for students and trainees in research data management.

Other Datasets

INDEPTH NCD-RF (Non Communicable Diseases Risk Factor) Surveillance, 2005 Data (Release 2016)

INDEPTH NCD-RF

South Africa - Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Afr

South Africa - Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa [HAALSI] Baseline Survey: Agincourt, South Africa, 2015

Agincourt Under Five Mortality 2015

Agincourt under five mortality 2015

Epidemiology and Treatment of Epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa

Epidemiology and Treatment of Epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa

INDEPTH Network Cause-Specific Mortality - Release 2014

INDEPTH Network Cause-Specific Mortality - Release 2014

MADIMAH

MADIMAH

Participation in Africa Centre's HIV surveillance between 2003 and 2012

Participation in Africa Centre's HIV surveillance between 2003 and 2012

PLOS Medicine

PLOS Medicine

The evolving demographic and health transition in four low- and middle-income countries

The evolving demographic and health transition in four low- and middle-income countries

INDEPTH Core Micro Dataset Release 2013

Africa Region – Release 2013

Studies from African Region added in 2013 release

Asia & Oceania Region – Release 2013

Studies included from the Asian & Oceania Region added in 2013 release

INDEPTH Core Micro Dataset Release 2014

Africa Region – Release 2014

Studies from African Region added in 2014 release

Asia & Oceania Region – Release 2014

Studies included from the Asian & Oceania Region added in 2014 release

INDEPTH Core Micro Dataset Release 2015

Africa Region – Release 2015

Studies from African Region added in 2015 release

Asia & Oceania Region – Release 2015

Studies included from the Asian & Oceania Region added in 2015 release

INDEPTH Core Micro Dataset Release 2016

Africa Region – Release 2016

Studies from African Region added in 2016 release

Asia & Oceania Region – Release 2016

Studies included from the Asian & Oceania Region added in 2016 release

INDEPTH Core Micro Dataset Release 2017

Africa Region – Release 2017

Studies from African Region added in 2017 release

Asia & Oceania Region – Release 2017

Studies included from the Asian & Oceania Region added in 2017 release

African Member Centres

Africa Cenre HDSS

The service facility survey catalog provides access to data along with accompanying survey documents from facility level surveys conducted by the World Bank. Service delivery surveys are tools to measure the effectiveness of basic services such as education, health, and water and sanitation...The Africa Centre Demographic Information System (ACDIS) started data collection in January 2000.

Agincourt HDSS

About the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt) and the Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) Much of the information on this page comes directly from an open access article: HEALTH & DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM PROFILE Profile: Agincourt Health and Socio-demographic Surveillance System.

Magu HDSS

Magu HDSS was established in April, 1994 by the Tanzania-Netherlands Support Program on HIV/AIDS Control (TANESA) as one the components of the Kisesa Open Cohort Study. Other research components under the cohort include Epidemiological sero-surveys, Antenatal Clinic Surveillance and other specialized studies. In addition, since late 1995 several community interventions were introduced to promote safer sexual behavior.

Asian Member Centres

Chililab HDSS

CHILILAB DSS is a field laboratory attached to the Hanoi School of Public Health in Vietnam. It is located in Chi Linh district of Hai Duong province in the northern part of Vietnam and is about 60 km northeast of Hanoi. The population base for this surveillance system is approximately 56,000 inhabitants who live in 3 townships and 4 communes across a land area of 137.5 square kilometers which are under rapid process of urbanization. Adolescents and young adults aged between 15-24 years account for approximately 20% of the total district population.