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Welcome to the UK Data Archive

UK Data Service

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The UK Data Service provides unified access to the UK’s largest collection of social, economic and population data.

We are the lead organisation of the UK Data Service and an internationally acknowledged centre of expertise in acquiring, curating and providing access to data. The Archive has been providing coordinated data service infrastructure to the Economic and Social Research Council for 50 years.

The data collections held by the UK Data Archive reflect the issues that affect all our lives and experiences, both close to home and internationally, covering every continent, from birth through education, employment, our social interaction and on to old age.

The UK Data Archive is also the base for the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN), which gives trained social and economic researchers secure access to linked, de-identified administrative data.

Explore our collection:

News and events

News and Events

See our latest news and upcoming events. We run regular webinars, workshops and conferences on all aspects of social sciences data use.

Teaching with data

Teaching with data

Bring real-life data into your coursework. Most of our data can be used to produce recent, engaging, real-world teaching resources. We also have select open-access datasets just for teaching and learning.

Data management

Data management

Need a data management plan for your own research data? We’re internationally known experts. See our step-by-step guides and training resources for creating, preparing, storing and sharing your data.