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Geography and Environmental Science

Research project: UK Data Service

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Prof David Martin is Deputy Director of the UK Data Service, an ESRC-funded initiative to support high quality social and economic research, teaching and learning through assuring long term access to quality economic and social data, supporting and promoting their use, value and impact.

Start date: 1/10/2017
End date: 30/09/2022

The UK Data Service is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to meet the data needs of researchers, students and teachers from all sectors, including academia, central and local government, charities and foundations, independent research centres, think tanks, and business consultants and the commercial sector.

The UK Data Service collection includes major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data, and qualitative data.

We provide:

  • Access to high-quality local, regional, national and international social and economic data
  • Support for policy-relevant research in the higher education, public and commercial sectors
  • Guidance and training for the development of skills in data use
  • The development of best practice data preservation and sharing standards
  • The sharing of expertise with international data providers to remove barriers to accessing data

Data users can browse UK Data Service collections online and register with us to analyse and download them. Our Open Data collections are available for anyone to use.

Related research groups

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)
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