The Philadelphia Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) is a secure computing facility where qualified faculty, students, and researchers affiliated with consortium institutions are able to conduct statistical analysis of a wide range of non-public microdata collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and other government agencies. These datasets are among the largest and most important sources of statistical information in the US and many of them can only be accessed through a FSRDC. They represent a vital resource for researchers in economics, business, demography, sociology, medicine, statistics, criminology, and many other disciplines.
The Philadelphia RDC is partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Federal Statistical Agencies, and a consortium of research institutions including Drexel University, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, the University of Delaware, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh. The Philadelphia RDC opened its doors to researchers in October 2017.
The U.S. Census Bureau has produced a short video introducing the FSRDCs.