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Research Data Center & Data Access

The SHARE data are distributed through our Research Data Center which is physically located at CentERdata on the Tilburg University campus in the Netherlands. The SHARE Research Data Center complies with the Criteria of the German Council for Social and Economic Data for providing access to microdata.

SHARE Data Access Rules

The SHARE data can be downloaded from the SHARE Research Data Center under the following conditions:

  1. Applicants must have a scientific affiliation and have to sign a statement confirming that under no circumstances the data will be used for other than purely scientific purposes.
  2. Data will only be made available after these documents have been received, by mail or fax (care of Josette Janssen; address: CentERdata, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands; e-mail:; fax: +31 13 4662764). The required forms can be downloaded here. Upon request a copy by fax can be sent. Upon receipt of the signed statements users will receive a username and password enabling them to download the data. Registration is free of charge. Registered users are allowed to use data of the SHARE project as long as the scientific affiliation indicated in the user statement is valid. The original login code and password persist for all subsequent releases of the data. A new statement has to be filled, however, when any of the specifications given in the statement (incl. e-mail address) change. If users forgot their password, they should go to A password can however only be resent if the e-mail address typed in is the same as used when applying for the data. Additionally, the data are available via the GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences.
  3. Data users are not allowed to make copies of the data available to others and/or enable any third party access to the database. Anyone wanting to use the data must contact CentERdata directly to request a copy of the data free of charge. Access to the SHARE data will only be granted on an individual basis. Each person working on a scientific project and/or publication using SHARE data has to fill out and sign the statement concerning the use of SHARE data individually.
  4. Users are requested to provide references to all papers based on the SHARE data to the SHARE co-ordination team. Whenever a paper is being written using SHARE data, an acknowledgement has to be included in the following form:

    "This paper uses data from SHARE Wave 5 release 1.0.0, as of March 31st 2015 (DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w5.100) or SHARE Wave 4 release 1.1.1, as of March 28th 2013 (DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w4.111) or SHARE Waves 1 and 2 release 2.6.0, as of November 29th 2013 (DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w1.260 and 10.6103/SHARE.w2.260) or SHARELIFE release 1.0.0, as of November 24th 2010 (DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w3.100). The SHARE data collection has been primarily funded by the European Commission through the 5th Framework Programme (project QLK6-CT-2001-00360 in the thematic programme Quality of Life), through the 6th Framework Programme (projects SHARE-I3, RII-CT-2006-062193, COMPARE, CIT5- CT-2005-028857, and SHARELIFE, CIT4-CT-2006-028812) and through the 7th Framework Programme (SHARE-PREP, N° 211909, SHARE-LEAP, N° 227822 and SHARE M4, N° 261982). Additional funding from the U.S. National Institute on Aging (U01 AG09740-13S2, P01 AG005842, P01 AG08291, P30 AG12815, R21 AG025169, Y1-AG-4553-01, IAG BSR06-11 and OGHA 04-064) and the German Ministry of Education and Research as well as from various national sources is gratefully acknowledged (see for a full list of funding institutions)."

  5. Users are also requested to include the basic literature on SHARE research and methodology in the bibliography corresponding to the dataset they have used in the paper: Wave 1, Wave 2, Wave 3 (SHARELIFE), Wave 4, Wave 5.
  6. Registered users of the data will be included in the list of users of the SHARE project. By signing the user statement users agree to be informed about updates of data via e-mail.
  7. In case of doubt whether or not the data have been used for purely scientific research, the Coordinator of SHARE will decide whether the password will be removed and legal action will be taken.