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The BLS VDE product is managed jointly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago and is a private network within the NORC Data Enclave®.
BLS and NORC have different roles in providing authorized users access to the VDE:
Reviews and approves new applications
Reviews and approves modifications to the original Letter of Agreement (LOA)
Addition and removal of agents
Updates to security locations
Approval of extension requests
Approval of additional (not listed on the NLS geocode application) public use datasets for import into the VDE
Performs non-disclosure review of files for export from the VDE
Answers questions about NLS datasets
Contact Us: NLSYGeocode@bls.gov
Sets up project spaces and user accounts within the VDE
Receives from researcher BLS approved public use datasets for import into the VDE
Imports datasets into researcher’s project space
Sends researcher output to BLS for non-disclosure review before export from the VDE
Resolves password and other types of technical issues
Imports to the VDE
Your project space is empty until NLS geocode datasets, code, NLS public use and any other public use datasets are imported.
There are two types of imports:
NLS geocode datasets:
NORC automatically adds BLS approved NLS geocode cohorts to your project space
Note: You will always be importing NLS public use variables from NLS Investigator. The NLS geocode dataset is incomplete without NLS public use variables. To learn how to use NLS Investigator see tutorials: NLS Investigator Tutorial : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov).
You send NORC your code, NLS public use datasets, and any other BLS approved public use datasets for import into the VDE. NORC then adds these to your project space.
Exports from the VDE
BLS staff must review and approve outputs before they can be exported from the VDE and released to you.
The VDE Non-Disclosure Review Guide - NLSY Geocode Data describes the non-disclosure review process and policies. The guide can also be found in the Disclosure Review Guide and Checklist folder of the data folder inside the VDE. Note that this folder also contains the VDE Non-Disclosure Review Checklist. You will need to fill out and submit this checklist as part of the export review request process.
If you are new to research using the NLS, a wealth of information can be found on the NLS Info Website:
Main page: National Longitudinal Surveys | A Program of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (nlsinfo.org)
NLSY79: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1979 | National Longitudinal Surveys (nlsinfo.org)
NLSY79YA: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Child and Young Adult | National Longitudinal Surveys (nlsinfo.org)
NLSY97: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1997 | National Longitudinal Surveys (nlsinfo.org)
Last Modified Date: November 17, 2022