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What is <odesi>?

<odesi> is a web-based data exploration, extraction and analysis tool. It is the product of a unique partnership between university libraries, business, and government, which greatly improves access to statistical data for researchers, teachers, and students. <odesi> provides researchers the ability to search for survey questions (variables) across hundreds of datasets held in a growing number of collections. <odesi> supports basic tabulation and analysis online, and allows for the downloading of most datasets into statistical software for further analysis. <odesi> provides unprecedented access to extensive collections of polling and social survey data. Key polling data collections include: Canadian Opinion Research Archive (CORA) , Canadian Gallup, and Ipsos Reid . Statistics Canada's public-use survey data forms the core of <odesi>'s social survey data holdings. <odesi> is expanding its survey data to include other national and international data sources.


<odesi> was developed from 2007 to 2009 as a jointly funded project between the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and OntarioBuys.  As of October 2009, the <odesi> project becomes an ongoing service within the highly successful Scholars Portal model. 

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<odesi> could not exist without the efforts of a group of special individuals across a number of OCUL libraries.  The following people and institutions have dedicated a great deal of time and energy to <odesi> over the years: