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The UK's largest collection of digital research data in the social sciences and humanities


Since 1967, we have become a critical part of the UK's research infrastructure.

With a global reputation for collecting, storing, analysing and sharing data, we develop research data infrastructure, and advise on data governance, ethics and confidentiality.

We contribute to government White Papers on data, and advised the Cabinet Office on the draft data ethics framework which informed the Digital Economy Act 2017. Since 2005, we have been allowed to curate public records.

We pursue innovative work with funding we have secured from the Economic and Social Research Council, Jisc, the European Commission, the Medical Research Council, Wellcome, and the British Academy.

As lead organisation of the UK Data Service, we provide access to the UK's largest collection of social, economic and population data, and support policy-relevant research, and training in data skills.

Our expertise is across six broad areas: