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The dataset that I want is not in <odesi>

If you know the specific dataset you're looking for and aren't finding it in <odesi>, contact us and let us know.  We may be able to assist you with search techniques or, if it isn't available through <odesi>, refer to you to another source for the data.


Can't you get the dataset I want and put it in <odesi>?

Maybe. We need to ensure that each OCUL institution that has access to <odesi> data has the rights to utilize those data. That said, we want to keep growing <odesi> - please contact us to recommend a dataset and we'll look into it.


I can't find any data on <insert topic here>

Contact us for assistance with searching <odesi>.  If what you're looking for isn't in <odesi>, we will refer you to the appropriate librarian for further assistance at your home institution.


What the heck is "Nesstar"?

Nesstar is the software which underlies <odesi>.  It provides a standards-based method for publishing social science data and its associated metadata to the web.  When you click "View in ODESI", you are entering Nesstar and will now have access to some basic statistical analysis tools as well as the option to download your data.  The Nesstar portion of <odesi> is only available to individuals affiliated with an OCUL university (view our Terms of Use on the <odesi> homepage for further details).


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Nesstar WebView


I'm trying to download the user guide/codebook/questionnaire/etc. and I can't find it OR the link is broken.

These types of documents are found in the Nesstar portion of <odesi> by browsing in the metadata to "Other Documentation". Click on the document you want, and a link will appear in the main panel.  If the link is broken, let us know (it happens sometimes).  We'll get it fixed, and can usually send you the documents by email to allow you to keep working in the meantime.



Can I access <odesi> from off-campus?

Yes! When searching <odesi> from off-campus, when you have identified a dataset of interest and clicked on "View in ODESI", you'll be presented with a list of OCUL Universities.  Select your school from the list and you'll be able to login using your proxy server and then enter the Nesstar portion of <odesi> (where the data download function resides).  Note: you may have to re-run your search after authenticating from off-campus.


<odesi> is down! Help!

Contact us and let us know - we'll do our best to get things back up and running promptly.


I'm creating a cross-tabulation in <odesi> and am getting the following error message: "Analysis failed: table limit exceeded"

You are probably trying to create a cross-tabulation using a continuous variable. Continuous variables generally have a very large number of possible values and thus exceed Nesstar's limit on the number of rows or columns that can be displayed. This is actually a good thing since creating a cross-tabulation using a continuous variable wouldn't be very informative.  Solve this problem by downloading the data, than either a) use a statistical technique more suited to continuous variables, or b) recode the variable to collapse the values into meaningful ranges (answer contributed by Laine Ruus )

Another option in Nesstar would be to consider adding the variable to the tables as a 'measure'. This would only apply to cases where it would make sense to have a mean and/or median for a variable incorporated into the table. For example, in the Census PUMF for individuals, income is a continuous variable. Adding to a row or column doesn't work (or make sense), but adding it as a 'measure' does (answer contributed by Jeff Moon )



How can I find information about <odesi> usage?

Each month a report is sent to <odesi>participating schools which includes statistics about datasets downloaded by patrons. Each report is tailored to the participating school. The last Spreadsheets on that MS Excel document are Survey Downloads per School (i.e. The total download on ODESI of Labour Force Survey, August 2019) and Collection Downloads per School (DLI).  Please contact us, if you want a copy of that report. Please specify the name of your school and the month(s) that you are looking for.

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Contents

The dataset that I want is not in <odesi>

If you know the specific dataset you're looking for and aren't finding it in <odesi>, contact us and let us know.  We may be able to assist you with search techniques or, if it isn't available through <odesi>, refer to you to another source for the data.


Can't you get the dataset I want and put it in <odesi>?

Maybe. We need to ensure that each OCUL institution that has access to <odesi> data has the rights to utilize those data. That said, we want to keep growing <odesi> - please contact us to recommend a dataset and we'll look into it.


I can't find any data on <insert topic here>

Contact us for assistance with searching <odesi>.  If what you're looking for isn't in <odesi>, we will refer you to the appropriate librarian for further assistance at your home institution.


What the heck is "Nesstar"?

Nesstar is the software which underlies <odesi>.  It provides a standards-based method for publishing social science data and its associated metadata to the web.  When you click "View in ODESI", you are entering Nesstar and will now have access to some basic statistical analysis tools as well as the option to download your data.  The Nesstar portion of <odesi> is only available to individuals affiliated with an OCUL university (view our Terms of Use on the <odesi> homepage for further details).


Search Engine

Nesstar WebView


I'm trying to download the user guide/codebook/questionnaire/etc. and I can't find it OR the link is broken.

These types of documents are found in the Nesstar portion of <odesi> by browsing in the metadata to "Other Documentation". Click on the document you want, and a link will appear in the main panel.  If the link is broken, let us know (it happens sometimes).  We'll get it fixed, and can usually send you the documents by email to allow you to keep working in the meantime.



Can I access <odesi> from off-campus?

Yes! When searching <odesi> from off-campus, when you have identified a dataset of interest and clicked on "View in ODESI", you'll be presented with a list of OCUL Universities.  Select your school from the list and you'll be able to login using your proxy server and then enter the Nesstar portion of <odesi> (where the data download function resides).  Note: you may have to re-run your search after authenticating from off-campus.


<odesi> is down! Help!

Contact us and let us know - we'll do our best to get things back up and running promptly.


I'm creating a cross-tabulation in <odesi> and am getting the following error message: "Analysis failed: table limit exceeded"

You are probably trying to create a cross-tabulation using a continuous variable. Continuous variables generally have a very large number of possible values and thus exceed Nesstar's limit on the number of rows or columns that can be displayed. This is actually a good thing since creating a cross-tabulation using a continuous variable wouldn't be very informative.  Solve this problem by downloading the data, than either a) use a statistical technique more suited to continuous variables, or b) recode the variable to collapse the values into meaningful ranges (answer contributed by Laine Ruus )

Another option in Nesstar would be to consider adding the variable to the tables as a 'measure'. This would only apply to cases where it would make sense to have a mean and/or median for a variable incorporated into the table. For example, in the Census PUMF for individuals, income is a continuous variable. Adding to a row or column doesn't work (or make sense), but adding it as a 'measure' does (answer contributed by Jeff Moon )



How can I find information about <odesi> usage?

Each month a report is sent to <odesi>participating schools which includes statistics about datasets downloaded by patrons. Each report is tailored to the participating school. The last Spreadsheets on that MS Excel document are Survey Downloads per School (Labour Force Survey, August 2019) and Collection Downloads per School (DLI).  Please contact us, if you want a copy of that report. Please specify the name of your school and the month(s) that you are looking for.

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