Unit-level data can be used via the remote access system and at the Research Laboratory. Data can be released for research use as sample data within the limitations imposed by data disclosure rules. Data interpreted as total data and indirectly identifiable data are available only for remote use or use at the Research Laboratory.
An organisation can draw up a contract with Statistics Finland on the remote access use of research data, with which the researcher gains access to Statistics Finland's server from his/her workstation via the web. The researcher can use Statistics Finland's data in a protected environment. Data not protected against indirect identification are also available at the Research Laboratory. Research results and other material may only be transferred outside the system through a screening process.
- Logging in to the remote access system requires a user ID and password.
- The use of the system is billed in accordance with the price list of research services.
Use at the Research Laboratory
At the Research Laboratory researchers can handle protected data by using computers specially reserved for them. Data not protected against indirect identification can also be processed at the Research Laboratory. By renting a research workstation, the researcher gets Aaccess to protected data subject to user licence, guidance on the possibilities and limitations of the data and the necessary IT support.
The data are mainly in SAS format. In addition, analyses can be made by using the Stata, SPSS and R software, for example. Research results and other material may only be transferred outside the Research Laboratory through a screening process. The use of the Research Laboratory is billed in accordance with the price list of research services.
Release of sample data to the researcher
Statistics Finland's data can be tailored for research use, for example, by drawing samples of certain target populations from the data.
Releasing of data outside Statistics Finland is possible only for data protected against direct and indirect identification. For example, individual and household unit-level data can be released only if individuals cannot be identified directly or indirectly by means of the municipality of domicile or income data, for example. Protected sample data are supplied to researchers on CD or DVD or on a memory stick.