INED DataLab was created in 2019 within the Surveys Department. It aims to contribute to the increase and visibility of the data available at INED, as well as to the dissemination of reliable and precise data for research in demography and, more broadly, in the social sciences. 

Its creation is linked to the current context of open research data (according to the National Plan for Open Science) and generally to the rapid expansion of "open data". This rapid increase in the availability of data (individual, aggregated and contextual) in open access or in adapted access is accompanied by quality requirements: exact, complete, consistent data, from traced sources.

The DataLab carries out two types of activities :

  • Activities to provide access to INED survey data and to the surveys collected in the framework of the international project Generations and Gender Program (GGP). These activities are carried out in collaboration with the partners of Quetelet PROGEDO Diffusion (ADISP- National Archive of Data from Official Statistics and CDSP- Center of Socio-Political Data Center of SciencesPo), the French department of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). They concern the examination and preparation of Production and Research Files (FPR) resulting from surveys and intended for the scientific community, their documentation according to the standard DDI (Data Documentation Initiative), as well as their online dissemination. The DataLab also manages requests for access to INED FPR via the Quetelet PROGEDO Diffusion data access portal (see Survey data).
    More specifically, within the framework of the GGP project, led by NIDI (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute), the DataLab contributes to the preparation of the harmonized survey data files (in particular the verification of the conformity of the national surveys data to the GGP international questionnaire), ensures their documentation and online dissemination. In addition, the DataLab is part of the coordination team and collaborates with NIDI in the day-to-day management of the infrastructure, and is responsible for the full development of the contextual database. These activities in the framework of GGP are supported and promoted by the TGIR PROGEDO.
  • Activities of designing, updating and maintaining open access demographic and contextual databases. These databases are listed here, and future databases will be developed in the future. They are developed from data available elsewhere. The DataLab supports researchers in designing, collecting, formatting and putting these databases online. Some databases include aggregated data from surveys or administrative files; others include descriptions of legal provisions on families and the socio-economic aspects of their life. In the social sciences, the continuity of series over the long term, as ensured by these databases, is essential for the analysis of trends and their projection. These databases make it possible to define the environment and the "historical" context in which individuals behave. In addition, they are also useful for educational purposes and ensure the dissemination of demographic information to a wide audience.

Team Composition


Secretary of the steering committee of DataLab’s web sites; Responsible of the demographic and contextual databases division ; member of the "Generations and Gender Programme (GGP)" Central Coordination team

Valérie LAPRÉE

Assistant of the Surveys Department and of the DataLab


Head of the Surveys Department


Providing access to INED surveys. Member of INED’ s open science mission (MISO)


Providing access to LifeObs surveys


IT support


Demographic and contextual databases; main project: "Human Cause-of-Death Database" (HCD)


Providing access to GGP surveys and contextual database.
Member of the "Generations and Gender Programme (GGP)" Central Coordination team