Irish Social Science Data Archive

The Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) is Ireland’s leading centre for quantitative data acquisition, preservation, and dissemination. Based at UCD Library, its mission is to ensure wide access to quantitative datasets in the social sciences, and to advance the promotion of international comparative studies of the Irish economy and Irish society.



The Irish Qualitative Data Archive (IQDA), based at NUI Maynooth, is a valuable complement to ISSDA's services and a central access point for qualitative social science data including interviews, pictures and other non-numerical material. It provides online access to all new qualitative data generated within the Irish Social Sciences Platform, and to selected existing data.

Accessing Data

3 Simple Steps to Apply for Data

  1. Identify the dataset(s) you require.
  2. Complete the request form‌. (This form is requested by the data providers.)
  3. Send the signed consent form by email, or to: ISSDA, UCD Library, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. 

Data can be delivered online or via post. If you have any queries regarding the above, please contact us at