You are here

About Us

The Triangle Research Data Center (TRDC) is a member of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center network, a partnership between the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau and Duke University in cooperation with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and RTI International (RTI). Under this partnership, the Census Bureau allows researchers with approved proposals to perform statistical analysis on non-public microdata from the Census Bureau's economic and demographic censuses and surveys. Interested researchers are encouraged to contact the TRDC Executive Director Gale Boyd or Administrator Bert Grider for more information.

The TRDC consists of two secure computer laboratories, one located at Duke and the other at RTI, and is one of more than a dozen sites in an expanding network of Research Data Centers located around the U.S. A wide variety of research has been conducted across the TRDC network. A unique proposal process exists for accessing non-public Census data in the TRDC. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Boyd or Grider before preparing the proposal to assess the feasibility and obtain assistance in the proposal process.

Duke location:

The TRDC on Duke’s campus is located on the 2nd floor of Gross Hall. To many researchers at Duke University, the Census Bureau is a rich source of demographic and economic data, data that make it possible to answer all sorts of important and interesting questions.


RTI location:

The Center of Excellence for Complex Data Analysis (CoDA) Center has assumed responsibility for the TRDC on the RTI campus, (Building 7).

Faculty, students, and staff from Duke, RTI, or UNC may use the TRDC without cost for their Census-approved research projects, making the TRDC a unique opportunity for qualified researchers in the region. (Non-affiliated researchers may use the TRDC on a fee basis, and any researcher using NCHS and AHRQ data might be charged a data preparation fee by those agencies.) Any interested researcher should contact the TRDC before beginning work on a proposal.