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


Trusted data experts for over 50 years

Since the UK Data Archive was established in 1967, we have become a critical part of the UK's research infrastructure. Our excellence in collecting, storing, analysing and sharing data has helped us build a trusted global reputation.

The Archive frequently advises at a national and international level on data governance, ethics and confidentiality, and we are key players in developing research data infrastructure.

We are regularly called on to contribute to government White Papers around data, and advise international organisations on establishing effective data services. Our experts advised the Cabinet Office on its development of the draft data ethics framework which informed the Digital Economy Act 2017. 

We have secured research and development awards from a range of funders to pursue innovative work that supports our core business. We have attracted funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Jisc, the European Commission (EC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), Wellcome and the British Academy.

Since 2005, we have been designated a Place of Deposit by the National Archives, allowing us to curate public records. As lead organisation of the UK Data Service, we also provide unified access to the UK's largest collection of social, economic and population data, and give support for policy-relevant research and guidance and training for the development of skills in data use.

Our expertise is across six broad areas: