Welcome to DASL – The Data And Story Library

The Data And Story Library is brought to you by Data Description, creators of Data Desk: Data Analysis and Exploration software. Data Desk embodies the philosophy that “seeing is understanding”.


DASL in one iteration or another has been used by students and educators alike for over twenty years. Now it is easier and faster than ever before to browse our rich collection.

DASL provides data from a wide variety of topics so that statistics teachers can find interesting, real-world examples for their students. We know a good example can make a lesson on a particular statistics method vivid and relevant. This website is designed to help teachers locate and identify datafiles for teaching as well as serve as an archive for datasets from statistics literature.

The datafiles you find here will include relevant stories and statistical methods to apply. The datafiles can also be downloaded in tab-delimited plain text or opened directly with the latest copy of Data Desk.