United States Mortality Database

United States Mortality Database User's Agreement

The data in the United States Mortality DataBase (USMDB) are provided free of charge to all individuals who request access to the database and who follow the registration procedure.

By accepting this User's Agreement, you give permission to the USMDB project to collect your personal information (first name, last name, email address, occupation, organization and type of organization). This information will only be used internally to monitor usage of the USMDB. It will not be released to third parties. You can request your personal information to be corrected, modified or erased from our users' database at any time.

Furthermore, we ask that you kindly observe the following requests and restrictions:

1.    The USMDB provides original estimates of death rates and life tables as well as access to the publicly available data used for deriving these estimates. All such data are intended to be used for scientific purposes only. Moreover, all original data provided by official institutions and published here in the section called "Input data" should not be used for commercial gain or re-published in any form without the explicit permission of the data owners (the US Census Bureau and National Center for Health Statistics).

2.    In all published work and presentations, please acknowledge the USMDB as either the source or the intermediary of the data. When you download data, you should note the date for future reference.

If you are presenting or analyzing our original estimates of death rates or life tables, we suggest the following format for a bibliographic citation:

United States Mortality DataBase. University of California, Berkeley (USA). Available at www.usa.mortality.org (data downloaded on [date]).

If you choose another citation format, please be sure that it includes the full name of the database (United States Mortality DataBase), the full name of its institutional sponsor (University of California, Berkeley), and its Internet address, www.usa.mortality.org.

However, please note that the population data available in this collection comes from other sources and form the input to our calculations. In such situations, it is appropriate to cite first the original source of the data, but also to acknowledge the USMDB as the intermediary. For example, a bibliographic citation for the 1960 Census population counts by state would be as follows:

U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce. (1960 and 1961, 1970, 1980). General Population Characteristics, United States: Summary and each State. (Data obtained through the United States Mortality DataBase, www.usa.mortality.org, on [date].)

You will find a list of data sources used for each calendar year. It is your responsibility to determine from the documentation provided on the website whether the data being cited are original to USMDB or if they come from a non-USMDB source. It is also the user's responsibility to give proper credit to the organizations whose data are contained in this database.

Additional information about how to cite these data is available on the Citation Guidelines page. If you still have questions about proper citation procedures after reading these guidelines, please contact us at usmdb@mortality.org.

3.    Please do not pass your copy of these data to other users. Rather refer them to the USMDB website, where they may download the data for themselves after registering. Since these data will be updated on a regular basis (including corrections as needed), this practice helps to prevent the existence of multiple outdated or incorrect versions. It also ensures that each user has full access to information about the data, citation procedures, etc. and it allows us to keep track of the website usage.

4.    All data contained in the USMDB have been carefully checked to avoid errors. However, the USMDB (including all project personnel and institutional sponsors) accepts no liability with regard to the material available in the collection. In particular, we accept no responsibility for any harm suffered by the user as a result of using these data, even if such harm results from errors on our part. As a registered user, we ask you to inform us of any errors that you may identify, so that they can be corrected in a timely fashion.

5.    It is our intention to update the USMDB on a regular basis and to provide convenient access to the collection (for registered users only) via the Internet. However, we do not accept responsibility for any harm or inconvenience resulting from a suspension of service, whether temporary or permanent.

6.    For all UC Berkeley developed data and copyrightable work, the following UC Berkeley's Standard Copyright and Disclaimer Notice applies:

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