As the international community is drawn closer together through the phenomenon of globalization, access to international data has become critical for scholars and researchers around the world. Finding reliable data sources that reflect international dimensions can be difficult. In an effort to meet the growing demands for international data, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) has created the International Data Resource Center (IDRC). The IDRC acts as a clearinghouse for international data housed at ICPSR.
Data can be accessed through a variety of mechanisms. Scholars and researchers can browse ICPSR holdings using the Subject Terms, Series Data, Geography, or traditional search engines. IDRC also features a Web page devoted to foundational studies of international relations. Pivotal studies by J.D. Singer and Melvin Small, A.F.K. Organski, Ted Gurr, Bruce Russet, Harold K. Jacobson, among others can be accessed using this page. There are also a variety of instructional resources available on this site.
In an effort to facilitate research and instruction in the social sciences and related areas, ICPSR will continue to work toward the acquisition and distribution of international data.
September 13, 2010