The Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR) is a multidisciplinary unit at Umeå University, with a commitment to support, strengthen and stimulate research on population and ageing. It is the home of the Demographic Data Base (DDB), established 1973, which has a commission under the auspices of the Swedish government to digitize and give access to historic population data for research. The infrastructure section has vast experience of database building, data processing, software design and dissemination of data to researchers.
The research section (until 2014 the Centre for Population Studies, CPS) includes more than 30 scholars from the fields of history, economic history, social work, statistics, sociology, geography and epidemiology studying demography and ageing mainly from a multidisciplinary perspective. In 2005 the CPS was awarded a 5 year Strong Research Environment Excellence Grant by the Swedish Research Council, focused on research on large databases. In 2006 it was followed by a 10 year Linnaeus Grant for research on ageing and living conditions, also this grant centered around access to high quality databases for population research.
The DDB databases are built to serve academic researchers from all disciplines without restrictions and there are established for user support and service. Customized datasets are produced and distributed through specified contracts, nationally and internationally. The main databases are POPUM and POPLINK, with longitudinal population data collected from parish records and TABVERK with
The centre is a unit within the faculty of Social Sciences at Umeå University. Long-term management and scientific development is supervised by a selected board, nominated by the faculties, the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish National Archives. The construction of the databases has over the years been funded by external grants from RJ, VR and its predecessors, along with a significant contribution from Umeå University.