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Dataset Repositories

 UBC Library Health Statistics & Data: This guide provides a comprehensive list of resources for finding health statistics and data.

General Federal & Provincial Data

Government of Canada Open Data: Search open data that is relevant to Canadians, learn how to work with datasets, and see what people have done with open data across the country.

BC Data: The BC Government and its agencies collect and create a vast amount of data. This data represents an incredible resource for detecting trends, identifying issues and developing even better programs and services for British Columbians. Government provides many ways for you to explore, access and reuse this data – including the BC Data Catalogue, a central registry for ministry data, web applications and web services.

BC Data Catalogue: The BC Data Catalogue is the place to find BC Government data, applications and web services. Government ministries and many broader public sector agencies publish their data resources in the Catalogue. The data in the catalogue can be used to make informed decisions and create opportunities for the benefit of all British Columbians.

PopulationDataBC Dataset Listings: PopDataBC facilitates access to data from their partners, including both federal and provincial sources. The list provides a comprehensive collection of population health data, including health services, education, workplace and environmental data. These datasets, many dating back to 1985, include longitudinal, person-specific, de-identified data on BC's 5 million residents.

PopulationDataBC Data Scout: BC Data Scout is a data query service intended to provide cohort information in the form of highly aggregated, approximate results to researchers who are planning a study using Ministry of Health Data. The information provided in the report output is intended to be complete enough to determine the feasibility of a study, but not detailed enough to answer research questions, or replace the need for a full Data Access Request (DAR).

Federal & Provincial Health Data & Interactive Maps

HDRN Canada Dataset Inventory: Health Data Research Network Canada's dataset inventory provides overview information on datasets that can be requested for research projects.

CIHR Health Research Data: CIHR has enabled Canadians to develop world-class interactive data and analytics platforms, and they also recognize opportunities for Canadian researchers to use non-CIHR funded platforms. A sampling of both types of platforms is provided, as well as examples of Canadian data training hubs and resources.

BC Health Data Platform: The Health Data Platform (HDP) supports research and analysis both within the health sector and in academia, by allowing access to health data from multiple sources to be brought together as required (on-demand) on a single secure platform. The goal of HDP is three-fold: provide more timely, secure and consistent access to integrated “big” health data; establish a standard and enhanced privacy and security landscape; and increase process transparency and efficiency for data providers and data consumers.

BC Community Health Atlas: The BC Community Health Atlas is an interactive mapping tool that helps to visualize and compare data related to population health and demographics as well as a variety of social and environmental factors that affect health. You can use the Atlas to: create customizable geographic maps that display patterns in health indicators by local health area or by school district; visualize and compare reliable, up-to-date local-level BC data from multiple sources; and help inform local-level decision-making and planning for community health.

BC Surgery Wait Times: The Surgery Wait Times website is designed to offer information about wait times for scheduled surgical procedures in BC. The Wait for Surgery represents a component of the total waiting time for surgery, from the date the health authority receives the booking form to the date that the patient receives surgery. The data presented is a snapshot of scheduled surgeries completed in the most recent 3-month time period available. The website is updated bi-monthly (every two months). 

BC Climate/Environmental Data & Interactive Maps

BC Station Data: The BC Station Data page provides access to observations of weather and climate variables (such as temperature and rainfall amounts) for BC from the Provincial Climate Data Set (PCDS). Locations of the observing stations are shown on an interactive map of the province which enables a user to zoom and pan to a region of interest, learn about the stations that are located in the region, filter the displayed stations based on observation date, weather element, observing agency, region and more. In addition to observations, users may download station meta-data that describes station location, available variables, observing agency and other basic information.

BC Climate Related Monitoring Program: The Climate Related Monitoring Program (CRMP) is a cooperative effort amongst hydrometeorological (weather) network operators in Provincial, Regional and Federal Governments and other weather observing agencies in B.C. These network operators have agreed to formally collaborate in operations and data sharing under the Province’s Amended and Restated Agreement on Management of Hydrometeorological Networks (PDF).

VCH Community Health and Climate Change (Climate Vulnerability Index): Climate change is projected to increase several climate-related hazards in BC. These increasing hazards will have significant implications for the health and well-being of communities, including those under the jurisdiction of Vancouver Coastal Health and the Fraser Health Authority. Climate-sensitive hazards lead to a number of negative physical and mental outcomes, including injury, illness, and death, as well as mental health impacts like stress, anxiety and trauma. This project was created to help identify the differences between communities under the responsibility of these health authorities in terms of their vulnerability to four hazards: higher summer temperatures; coastal and riverine flooding; wildfire smoke events; and zone air pollution. Community vulnerability is defined and mapped as a function of three key factors: its exposure to a hazard; its sensitivity to that hazard; and its adaptive capacity, or its ability to manage or adapt to the hazard.

Non-Canadian Data Repositories

McMaster University Open Access Data Repositories: The list provided by McMaster University's Institute for Research on Aging includes links to government and other open access repositories that contain datasets with an age or aging component. Consider how adding an open access data analysis component may help you to broaden your current research program. 

Nature Scientific Data Repository: The list provided by Nature is intended as a guide for those who are unsure where to deposit their data, and provides examples of repositories from a number of disciplines. The repositories on the list met all of the journal’s data hosting requirements at the time of listing. As of 2021, this list will not be expanded further.

US CDC Data & Statistics: Data and statistics topics, tools, and related organizations at CDC.

MCPHS Public Health Data & Statistics: The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) provides recommended sources to find public health data and statistics. You can find international and American numbers and trends.

UW Data Resources in the Health Sciences: University of Washington's Health Sciences Library provides an inventory of resources to support research data needs in the health sciences field. This guide is constantly being updated.

UC Berkeley Library Datasets/Raw Data: UC Berkeley Library provides a list of US- and California-based health datasets.

Simmons Data Repositories: A list of repositories and databases for open data, that covers various fields from Achaeology to Medicine.

Registry of Research Data Repositories (Re3Data): Re3data is a global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. It includes repositories that enable permanent storage of and access to data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers, and scholarly institutions. Re3data promotes a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data. The registry has gone live in autumn 2012 and has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

15 Open Datasets for Healthcare: The list provides 15 healthcare-specific datasets, from general and public health, scientific research, healthcare services, and image data.

FreeCodeCamp Open Data

Kaggle Open Datasets