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

Metadata and data discovery

As leading experts in using and promoting metadata standards for describing collections and data in the social sciences, we are an active promoter and guardian of standards.

We use community and bespoke tools for workflow management, data processing activities, data acquisition and access, and adhere to international standards where we can.

We are active players in developing and maintaining metadata and citation standards for the full range of data types we support, including statistical, survey and qualitative data as well as collection level description. We have been heavily involved with the coreĀ Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standard since the early 1970s.