Research Data

The HSRC Research Data Service provides a digital repository of the HSRC's research data in support of evidence-based human and social development.


Cite the data supporting your research!

Creating datasets is one of many important research activities, and also one that involves significant time and effort. At the HSRC we believe that researchers deserve credit and recognition for this work, and that data should be considered legitimate, citable products of research alongside other research objects. Where relevant and appropriate, we therefore encourage authors to cite data as they would cite other research objects, such as journal articles, chapters and books, in their reference lists. Citing the dataset that supported your research - by using a standard citation in the reference section of your published work -  gives credit to the data authors and make research datasets findable and accessible.

HSRC curated datasets include a full citation,  together with the Digital Object Identifier that provide a persistent link to the location of the dataset on the Internet. See the example below:

Human Sciences Research Council. National Research and Experimental Development Survey (R&D) 2014-15: All provinces in South Africa - Aggregated. [Data set]. RnD 2014-15 Aggregated. Version 2.0. Pretoria South Africa: Human Sciences Research Council [producer] 2016, Human Sciences Research Council [distributor] 2020.

Contact us if you need the citation of a specific dataset:

Want to see the new data releases?

Click the button below to view all the newly released data sets

View all data sets