Availability of IRIS Data for Researchers
The Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) is a consortium of universities anchored by an IRB-approved data repository hosted at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. IRIS collects record level administrative data from its member institutions and uses those data to produce secondary de-identified research data that can support research and reporting that will improve our ability to understand, explain and improve the public value of research. Additional information about IRIS can be found at their web site http://iris.isr.umich.edu
The IRIS data architecture combines administrative data derived from University Human Resources, Sponsored Projects, and Procurement systems with data on scientific outputs including publications, patents and dissertations, as well as information about the scientific content of federal grants to form the core of an extensible dataset that can be linked at the individual, establishment, and grant level to many additional data sources. The IRIS partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Innovation Measurement Initiative (IMI) enables integration of IRIS research expenditures data with Census economic and demographic data including the Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics (LEHD) dataset and Longitudinal Business Database (LBD). Linked IRIS-Census data supports research and reporting that provides unique insights into the careers of research trained individuals, their impact on employers and industries.
IRIS seeks to make the data it produces as broadly and easily available within responsible concerns for privacy and confidentiality. De-identified secondary data produced by IRIS is available through a virtual data enclave. Annual data releases include improvements to both data and documentation. Census linked data are available for research use through the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) system, administered by the U.S. Census Bureau; in case you are not aware, there is an FSRDC located on the University Park campus in the Paterno Library. For more information about the current IRIS data release and procedures for accessing it, please see the Research Data page at http://iris.isr.umich.edu/research-data/.