Opened in 2015, the University of Missouri Research Data Center (MURDC) is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and located in Ellis Library on the main campus of the state’s flagship university. The MURDC is a satellite branch of the Kansas City RDC, which is located at the Kansas City Federal Reserve and overseen by a consortium that includes the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the Kauffman Foundation, the University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Missouri.
Dr. Eileen Avery is an Associate Professor of Sociology, Core Faculty in the University of Missouri Informatics Institute, and Executive Director of the MURDC.
The operation of each Federal Statistical Research Data Center (RDC) is supported by both the Census Bureau and RDC partner institutions. Some RDC partner institutions form consortiums to share the operational costs of the RDC and may waive user fees for their affiliates. Several RDCs have built branch locations to reduce the cost of researchers commuting to the core location while still maintaining the identical stringent information technology and physical security requirements.