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National Longitudinal Surveys

Applicants for NLSYGeocode Data

Applicants for NLSY97, NLSY79, and NLSY79 Young Adult cohort NLSYGeocode data must complete the Standard Application Process (SAP) through the online portal at ResearchDataGov (RDG). RDG is a portal for requesting access to restricted microdata from federal statistical agencies.

IMPORTANT: BLS has transitioned its mode of provision of NLSYGeocode data.  We now provide authorized users with access to the NLSYGeocode data through a virtual data enclave (VDE).  The VDE, which has been created and is in use, is a managed environment where researchers can analyze the NLSYGeocode data.  Output from such analysis, as well as input files that researchers may wish to import, will be subject to BLS approval before being moved to or from the VDE.  Statistical software available for use in the VDE includes SAS, Stata, R, Rstudio, Stat/Transfer, Python (Spyder, Jupyter Notebook), and SPSS.

All NLSYGeocode agreements are between the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the recipient institution and not between BLS and individual researchers and all NLSYGeocode data access must take place on the physical premises of the recipient institution.  Researchers may not work offsite.  BLS’ transition to a VDE does not change this requirement.

Please review the "Eligibility requirement for all access modes" section of the Eligibility and Access Modes webpage to determine your institution's eligibility to enter into an NLSYGeocode agreement.

NLS staff will contact you about the status of your application.

For more information about the NLS geocode program, see the web links below.


Last Modified Date: January 4, 2023