Where to Start

Steps taken by a typical NSRR researcher.

1. Choose a dataset.

The SHHS dataset is one of our most popular datasets. Datasets have different populations and demographics, so pick one based on your research interest.

2. Fill out a Data Access and Use Agreement.

We've streamlined the data request process to quickly get you access to a number of rich datasets. The process allows us to aid you in selecting a dataset appropriate for your research. You can email us if you need help with this process.

3. Download data from the dataset.

Dataset files are structured in a similar manner across all of our datasets. For example, the datasets folder typically contains demographics, anthropometry, questionnaires, outcomes, in CSV spreadsheets. For downloading large signal files, we recommend downloading and installing the NSRR downloader gem, which lets you download entire datasets at a time, allows you to pause and resume, and checks file integrity after download.

4. Use tools on the site.

You may already have tools to analyze data. If you don't, we have a list of community contributed tools, and a forum to get help with any of the hosted tools and data. We also encourage you to share any tools you may have that could help other researchers on the NSRR.

5. Publish your results in a journal.

If you plan on publishing, using data from the NSRR, please remember to cite the NSRR, and let us know so we can better track publications linked to our resource.

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