Directed by Dr. Joseph Pereira, the CUNY Data Service repository archives data sets from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau. It provides “customized analysis … on a fee for service basis for academic researchers, public and nonprofit agencies, community organizations, the media, and business organizations.” It also supports the research at CUNY.
The Data Service has extensive holdings of the Census related data Standard Tape Files and Public Use Microdata Samples of the 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000 Censuses and the 2005 American Community Survey (ACS) for the New York metropolitan region, as well as such other data sources as the New York City Housing and Vacancy Surveys and the Current Population Survey. It has long experience in analyzing these data sets in both a mainframe and desktop PC environment, has a wide variety of statistical and GIS software available, and can read and write data sets in virtually any medium required. The Data Service and Center also maintain geographic boundary files for most administrative and political units and can map data at a variety of scales.
It is an affiliate of the New York State Data Center.
Besides servicing a broad client base which includes the NYS Department of Labor, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the NY Daily News, Newsday, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, CUNY Data Service conducts a wide range of projects:
- Profiles and basic trends – Latinos in the New York Metropolitan area
- Judgements of seriousness of police misconduct
- Fairness of Punishments study (National Science Foundation)
- Workforce analysis – changing distribution of occupations and industries in 28 counties of New York State