Research data

The HSRC Research Data Service provides a digital repository facility for the HSRC's research data in support of evidence based human and social development in South Africa and the broader region. Access to data is dependent on ethical requirements for protecting research participants, as well as on legal agreements with the owners, funders or in the case of data owned by the HSRC, the requirements of the depositors of the data. We facilitate data use by preparing comprehensive metadata and disseminating data and related documents to appropriate target audiences. Data sharing is subject to an End User License agreement. Data sets from the following projects have been curated and are available for use:

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2020 Media sensation in a time of heightened anxiety: analysing reports in three Western Cape newspapers

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa, the media has been influential in sharing information around personal protection and curbing...

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2020 Myths, misconceptions, othering and stigmatizing responses to Covid-19 in South Africa: a rapid qualitative assessment

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a new strain of virus in the Coronavirus family that has not been previously...

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2019 Household and business adaptation to the 2016-2018 Western Cape drought

Water supply dam levels for the City of Cape Town dropped to their lowest levels in 100 years of recorded history in January 2018. Despite s...