Public microdata

Public microdata consist of sets of records containing information on individuals, households or businesses. The files are created to allow the general public to become familiar with microdata. The files are prepared in such a way that individuals cannot be identified; this goes with a loss in information value.

Public microdata are sometimes referred to as public use files. They are derived from microdata made available for research (scientific use files).

EU public microdata are currently available for the 2 most popular domains in social statistics: the labour force survey and EU statistics on income and living conditions. Files are available only for the countries that have agreed to their publication. More microdata might be available at national level.

The Legal notice with a disclaimer, copyright notice and rules related to personal data protection applies to the publication of public microdata.