The data files available through the MIDUS portal are the same
public-release versions available through
ICPSR, the official
archive and repository for all MIDUS data. In order to use the custom
data download function associated with the MIDUS portal, you are
click on the "I Agree" button to proceed.
ICPSR adheres to the principles of the Data Seal of
Approval, which, in part, require
the data consumer to comply with access regulations imposed both by
law and by the data repository, and to conform to codes of conduct
that are generally accepted in higher education and scientific
research for the exchange of knowledge and information.
governed by ICPSR. By continuing past this point to the data retrieval
process, you signify your agreement to comply with the requirements
Any intentional identification of a RESEARCH SUBJECT (whether an
individual or an organization) or unauthorized disclosure of his or
her confidential information violates the PROMISE OF CONFIDENTIALITY
given to the providers of the information. Therefore, users of data
You agree not to redistribute data or other materials without the
written agreement of ICPSR, unless:
You serve as the OFFICIAL or DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE at an ICPSR
MEMBER INSTITUTION and are assisting AUTHORIZED USERS with
obtaining data, or
You are collaborating with other AUTHORIZED USERS to analyze the
data for research or instructional purposes.
When sharing data or other materials in these approved ways, you must
include all accompanying files with the data, including terms of
use. More information on permission to redistribute
can be found on the ICPSR Web site.
You agree to reference the recommended bibliographic citation in any
publication that employs resources provided by ICPSR. Authors of
publications based on ICPSR data are required to send citations of
their published works to ICPSR for inclusion in a database of related
publications (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
You acknowledge that the original collector of the data, ICPSR, and
the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data
or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
If ICPSR determines that the terms of this agreement have been
Sanctions can include:
ICPSR may revoke the existing agreement, demand the return of
the data in question, and deny all future access to ICPSR data.
The violation may be reported to the Research Integrity Officer,
Institutional Review Board, or Human Subjects Review Committee of
the user's institution. A range of sanctions are available to
institutions including revocation of tenure and termination.
If the confidentiality of human subjects has been violated, the
case may be reported to the Federal Office for Human Research
Protections. This may result in an investigation of the user's
institution, which can result in institution-wide sanctions
including the suspension of all research grants.
A court may award the payment of damages to any
individual(s)/organization(s) harmed by the breach of the agreement.
authorized user: A faculty member, staff member, or student at a
ICPSR: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social
member institution: An institutional member of ICPSR
Official/Designated Representative: An individual appointed to
represent a university's interests in ICPSR. This individual is also
charged with providing user support to campus users.
promise of confidentiality: A promise to a respondent or research
participant that the information the respondent provides will not be
disseminated without the permission of the respondent; that the fact
that the respondent participated in the study will not be disclosed;
and that disseminated information will include no linkages to the
identity of the respondent. Such a promise encompasses traditional
notions of both confidentiality and anonymity. Names and other
identifying information regarding respondents, proxies, or other
persons on whom the respondent or proxy provides information, are
presumed to be confidential.
research subject: A person or organization observed for purposes
of research. Also called a respondent. A respondent is generally a
survey respondent or informant, experimental or observational
subject, focus group participant, or any other person providing
information to a study or on whose behalf a proxy provides