Introduction 2018-03-06T16:15:27+00:00

KOSSDA holds in its collection a vast range of Korean quantitative and qualitative data and literatures across diverse social science disciplines encompassing political, economic, social, and cultural areas. The quantitative data collection includes survey data and aggregated statistical data, and the qualitative data collection includes documents, field notes, and interview and narrative history data.

Data Access

Key Dataset by Subjects

Social Values

Korean General Social Survey

  • Korea’s representative repeated cross-sectional survey based on the General Social Survey(GSS) of the University of Chicago with accommodation of distinctive characteristics of Korean society
  • The survey is composed of the replicating core, the annual topical modules of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), and topical modules of the East Asian Social Survey (EASS), enabling time series analysis and cross-national comparison
  • Conducted annually in 2003–2013 and biennially since 2014 on a sample of 2,500 male and female adults aged 19 and above
  • Data available for 2003–2014

Unification Perception Survey

  • A repeated cross-sectional survey aimed to grasp changes in South Koreans’ perceptions of North Korea
  • Enables time series analysis of six topics: opinions of unification, perception and attitude toward North Korea, evaluation of policies toward North Korea, attitude toward North Korean refugees, perception of neighboring countries, and political views and social consciousness
  • Conducted annually since 2007, on a sample of male and female adults aged 19 to 65
  • Data available for 2007–2014

Region/Local Community

Seoul Survey

  • A repeated cross-sectional survey monitoring the urban development of Seoul and the quality of life of its residents
  • Conducted annually since 2003 on a sample of household heads and members aged 15 and above in 20,000 households in the Seoul metropolitan area
  • Data available for 2008–2014

Village History in South Chungcheong Province

  • A fieldwork collecting data on geographical features, history, economy, social conditions, daily life, folk customs, etc. for the purpose of recording the history and transformation of farming and fishing villages in South Chungcheong Province
  • Conducted from 2004 to 2007 in 13 villages in the South Chungcheong area, associated with important historical figures or sites or possessing culturally significant folk customs
  • Data sets (interviews, documents, and observation records) available for four villages: Jangjeong-maeul in Buyeo, Solol-maeul in Yeongi, Oeam-mauel in Asan, and Gaemimok-maeul in Taean


Korean Labor and Income Panel Study

  • Korea’s representative and oldest panel survey allowing researchers to grasp trends in the economic activities of individuals and households, job mobility, as well as the incomes and consumption
  • Conducted annually since 1998 on a sample of members of 5,000 households, each respondent aged 15 and above
  • Data available for 1998-2014

Korean Innovation Survey

  • A repeated cross-sectional survey assessing innovative activities of Korean firms
  • The inclusion of standard questions from the Community Innovation Survey measuring innovative activities in European countries enables cross-national comparison
  • Conducted every two to three years in 2002-2011 and every year since 2012; targets firms with 10 and more employees in manufacturing and service sectors
  • Data available for 2002-2014


Survey on the Inequality and Justice of Korean Society

  • A repeated cross-sectional survey of perceptions of inequality and justice among Koreans
  • Conducted every 4 to 5 years since 1990, on a sample of male and female adults aged 18 and above
  • Data available for 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2014

Life Histories of the Homeless

  • An interview for research of the life histories of the homeless; examines the previous lives of the homeless, the processes of becoming homeless, their lives on the street, and perceptions of the homeless
  • Conducted in 2009–2011, targeting 60 homeless people in the Seoul area
  • Transcripts of two to three interviews per respondent


Korean Crime Victims Survey

  • A repeated cross-sectional survey recording crime victimization and perceptions of crime among Koreans
  • The inclusion of standard questions from the International Crime Victims Survey (ICVS) enables cross-national comparison
  • Conducted biennially since 2008, on a sample of households and their members aged 14 and above
  • Data available for 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014

Occupational Safety and Health Company Survey in Korea

  • A repeated cross-sectional survey of businesses, monitoring trends in industrial accidents and formulating occupational safety policies
  • Conducted annually in 2002–2006 and triennially since 2006, on a sample of manufacturing and service businesses with five or more full-time laborers
  • Data available for 2002–2006, 2009, and 2012