The Central Bureau of
Statistics (CBS) makes its statistical products available to the public in a
variety of ways. press releases, publications on the Internet and in print etc. In addition, those from outside
the CBS may contract with the CBS for statistical analysis of data held by the
CBS, whereby the results are provided in the form of graphs ,tables etc.. And
finally, the CBS provides access to anonymized microdata files on which
researchers can perform their own statistical analysis and research. Following
is a brief overview of how these files are made available to researchers. There is a charge
for the files or services provided in accordance with CBS pricing policy.
Public Use Files (PUF) (available in Hebrew only) are standard anonymized microdata
products made available to the public at large subject to a standard CBS license. PUF files are also avaiable to researchers via Israel Social Science Data Center (ISDC) in the Hebrew University. PUF files contain information that is detailed enough for basic research, under confidentiality constraints.
A Research Room on the premises of the CBS office in
Jerusalem is available for researchers who need detailed microdata. Use of the Research Room is restricted to
academic researchers and researchers from research institutions upon approval
of their research proposal by the Chief Scientist of the CBS. The Research Room
contains several personal computers with statistical analysis programs such as
SAS and STATA. Use of the Research Room is subject to the Research Room
Guidelines (Hebrew), which require, inter alia, that researchers using the
Research Room undergo a security check, become special sworn volunteers of the
CBS subject to criminal sanctions for breach of confidentiality, and publish
their research results in a manner prescribed by the CBS.