Prior to the SHRUG, linking different Indian datasets has been a major burden for researchers. The common geographic frame of SHRUG makes it easy for researchers to share information and link to each others’ data.
Researchers can immediately tap into SHRUG to mine a wealth of previously unavailable socioeconomic data in the towns and villages where they work. They can then publish their own village- and town-level data back to SHRUG, making it available to researchers working on other topics.
The SHRUG platform is based on open source principles; data will be freely available for noncommercial users, but are shared with the expectation that users will open source the data that they bring to the SHRUG, creating a public good that increases in value over time.
For noncommercial users, data from SHRUG is shared using the Open Database License. You may use the data for your private research, on condition that you share your own data with SHRUG identifiers when your research paper is published. This will make it easier for others to find your data and cite your work. For inquiries into using the SHRUG for commercial purposes, please contact our team.
The SHRUG data platform includes a core set of data that spans India's 500,000 villages, 8000 towns, and 4000 legislative assemblies. Use the currently-included SHRUG fields below or link the data to the newly-opened economic and population censuses for even more data. For a detailed codebook, click “Access the SHRUG” below.