General Purpose Data Claims - Access to Public Use Files

Access to Public Use Files

Access to Public Use Files is provided to publicly available microdata sets with strong statistical disclosure control protection that support the preparatory work of research carried out in safe environment of the HCSO or to support teaching and research activities.

Who can use Public Use Files?

Public Use Files are publicly accessible via the HCSO website. Access to the published Public Use Files is provided under the conditions of terms of use, also published on the HCSO website.

Types of Public Use Files

Two main types of Public Use Files are distinguished. The two types basically serve two different purposes according to the following considerations:

  • Test files
    Test files are Public Use Files with the same structure as the microdata sets available internally in the HCSO. The main purpose of the test files is to support the preparatory work of researchers in the safe environment of the HCSO (especially to support the creation of syntax files). For further information please visit the Safe Centre access and remote execution sections.
    The test files might contain synthetic data or real statistical data protected by strong statistical disclosure control. Variables listed in the test files have values corresponding to the set of values included in the raw microdata sets. In line with its main goal, test files do not reflect the relationships between the variables thus test files are not representative to any of the variables included.
    As a result, test files are not suitable for analysis, research and to draw conclusions as they support the preparation of syntax files only.
  • Teaching files
    Teaching files are Public Use Files with strong statistical disclosure control applied to them that contain some selected variables or variables created based on information stored in the raw microdata sets available in the internal safe environment of the HCSO.
    Teaching files are suitable to analyse relationships between variables but typically not suitable for detailed analysis and research.

Currently the following Public Use Files are available for download from the website of the HCSO:

  • Test files
    Test files created based on the microdata sets of the Population and Housing Census 2011 are available with the description of the included variables at the Population and Housing Census 2011 page of the HCSO website (information currently available only in Hungarian).
  • Teaching files
    Teaching files created based on the microdata sets of the Population and Housing Census 2011 are available with the description of the included variables at the Population and Housing Census 2011 page of the HCSO website (information currently available only in Hungarian).

Terms of use
Downloading Public Use Files from the HCSO website is always provided under the conditions of terms of use, published on the HCSO website. Accessing Public Use Files is always provided by accepting the conditions of terms of use, also published on the HCSO website.

Terms of use for Public Use microdata Files