This archive provides microdata files for secondary research,
originating from surveys, together with the technical information necessary for their use.
They are presented in two different ways, depending on whether the files are actually stored in the CIS or, on
the contrary, what is available is the contact information for the organisation entrusted with their
Using the data obtained in the CIS surveys, the ARCES content has been continuously extended to include others that cover a wide range of topics and a variety of different geographic areas. The files currently available can be divided into different groups, according to their origin:
- Data Files stored in the CIS: Available in the same form as those for surveys carried
out directly by the organisation and they make up the real archive.
- Data Files not stored in the CIS: In this case, the basic information is catalogued and
either access is given to the data or contact details are given for the organisation that can provide the
data. This constitutes the ARCES virtual
There are currently over 1,500 studies and surveys that have been conducted by the Centre on public opinion
topics, such as values, political leanings, consumer matters, employment, the media, health, and many more.
Other national studies,
from surveys carried out by the Ministerio de Trabajo, the INJUVE the CIRES (Centro de Investigación de la
Realidad Social), etc.
(International Social Survey Program). The ISSP is a joint project involving several
countries, the principal aim of which is to conduct studies using a common methodology to provide a wide range
of geographical data and, at the same time, the possibility of performing comparisons at the international
level. The files of the studies conducted to date are available in the CIS, and can be provided to users upon
(Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research). This private
American institution holds a collection of research and teaching studies that cover a wide range of academic
disciplines, including political science, sociology, history, economy, gerontology, demography, criminal
justice, public health, education, law and international relations. The CIS, as the ICPSR’s official
representative in Spain, acts as intermediary for obtaining the microdata files. The complete ICPSR catalogue
can be consulted on the internet.
(Council of European Social Science Data Archives). This organisation has gathered a
collection of social studies data archives from different European countries. It is dedicated to encouraging
data acquisition, storage and distribution, facilitating the exchange of information and technology amongst its
members. When an ARCES user wishes to obtain a specific CESSDA file,
the CIS makes the necessary arrangements to provide it. The integrated CESSDA catalogue can also be consulted on
- Other studies at the international level. These include the Encuesta Nacional de Valores, the
Latinobarometer and others obtained through collaboration agreements with archives that provide exchanges.
The agreement with the
Roper Center provides access to an extensive collection of Latin American studies.
There is a data
application form and a
confidentiality clause that must be completed and signed to make a request, as well as a page with a
For any information on requesting files, please contact the CIS Database by telephone, fax or e-mail, or visit the
customer services department personally.
c/ Montalbán 8, 28014 Madrid
Tel.: 91 580 76 17
91 580 76 22
Fax: 91 580 76 19