INDEPTH adds more data to its publicly available archives

2 Jul 2017

The INDEPTH Network continues to strengthen data management systems in health research and access to information for better science and health policy with the update of its Data Repository ( and associated data visualization website, INDEPTHStats ( on July 1 2017.

With this update, the INDEPTH Data Repository, launched in 2013, would hold data on over 1.9 million individuals and more than 31 million person-years of observation representing the first harmonised database of longitudinal population-based data from LMICs (for a total of 85 published datasets since inception).

A press statement issued by the Network on July 1 2017, said “The freely accessible INDEPTH Data Repository ( now has datasets from 26 member health research centres in Africa and Asia, which include 30 HDSS field sites and the freely accessible INDEPTHStats ( now has datasets from 26 member research centres in Africa and Asia, which include from 34 HDSS field sites.

The INDEPTH Data Repository is an online archive of fully documented high-quality longitudinal datasets from INDEPTH member Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) centres. It is the first repository that specializes in longitudinal population-based data from LMICs.

The repository was established on 1st July, 2013 with six datasets from HDSS field sites.

The statement further said in addition to these data, INDEPTH launched the INDEPTHStats app on 1st July 2014. The INDEPTHStats App is a data visualisation app which allows users to explore on tablets or mobile phones, basic demographic indicators generated by INDEPTH member HDSSs centres.

“The indicators are visualized by interactive, animated charts and tables. The INDEPTHStats App has been further developed and made available as a free App on Google store Android phones and tablets as well as made available for iphone and ipad users. This means that the visualisation website can be viewed on tablets and smart phones as well” it said.

The statement said in 2014 the Network released on the INDEPTH Data Repository the unique datasets on Cause Specific Mortality covering 22 HDSS field sites and also added datasets after the end of the INDEPTH multicentre projects: Studies of the Epidemiology of Epilepsy in Demographic Sites (SEEDS) in Sub-Saharan Africa from five HDSSs released in 2013.

The INDEPTH Data Repository has been recognised by PLOS-ONE, a reputable international academic journal, as an approved repository to lodge publication datasets.

Read full statement here