The UK Data Archive has been based at the University of Essex since 1967 and forms an integral part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a critical part of the UK's research infrastructure, as lead partner delivering the UK Data Service, we bring together several important past ESRC investments including the Economic and Social Data Service, Census Programme and Question Bank.
Since 2018, the research landscape in the UK has seen significant change with the establishment of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). This national organisation brings together our funders, the ESRC, with the six other existing research councils, and with Innovate UK and the research and knowledge exchange functions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
For us, it means responsibility to a wider group of stakeholders and over much of 2018, alongside the UK Data Service, we have been participating in UKRI-led initiatives on the development of roadmaps for cross-council research infrastructure and e-infrastructure.
As strong advocates of the reuse of data for research, we also receive additional funding to collaborate with other universities and archives on pioneering new projects. Our reputation and expertise in governance and information security, along with our technical data infrastructure recently won us a five year, multi-disciplinary research project with University College London (UCL) from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop a portal that will have the potential to transform research and provide solutions to energy challenges across the UK.
Other projects that have benefited from additional funding include those we have worked on with the Medical Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, the National Centre for Research Methods and CESSDA ERID European Research Infrastructure.
Always keen to get involved in new projects that may benefit from our expertise, please contact us if you are interested.