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Research Data Management: UK Data Service

What is the UK Data Service?

The UK Data Service provides access and training to use the UK's largest collection of economic, population and social research data for teaching, learning and public benefit.

Here, you can search for data pertinent to your research. You can sign up for training on various aspects of Research Data Management, how to use data in UKDS & how to share your own data.

It is also an archive. It is a place where you can deposit your research data. This is especially important if you are funded by ESRC since all data from ESRC funded projects must be deposited in the UK Data Archive Service or a responsible data repository. The grant holder is responsible for making these data available for re-use following the FAIR data principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, re-usable), with a persistent identifier provided for the data, and to inform the UK Data Service of the published location. 

ESRC has a longstanding arrangement with the UK Data Service as a place for the deposit of research data, with grant holders required to submit data resulting from their research grants via the UK Data Service ReShare repository or an alternative responsible repository. If the data resulting from an ESRC grant is made available via an alternative responsible repository to increase discoverability of the collection a metadata record must be created in ReShare.

To ensure FAIR data can be made available and re-used the ESRC requires a Data Management Plan or DMP for all applications generating data. 

UK Data Service

Training from the UK Data Service

UK Data Service introductory training series: Autumn 2023

We provide access to a wide range of social science data for reuse. To help you get the most from our service, we run free introductory level online workshops every spring and autumn to introduce different aspects of the UK Data Service.

Our introductory training series events in spring 2024 are listed below and you can also browse our events pages for a full list of what is available:

Check out this link to ALL the events and training being offered in 2024!

Deposit your Data in UK Data Service

Benefits to deposit in the UK Data Service

Whether looking to deposit individual postgraduate research data or curated national data collections, deposit your data in the UK’s largest repository for quantitative and qualitative social science and humanities research data.

  • No costs associated with depositing.
  • An online platform for creating, uploading, and managing deposits.
  • A three-tier licensing framework facilitating a robust access policy.
  • Data management guidance and support provided to ensure legal sharing and re-use.
  • Controlled access to sensitive or confidential data through the Five Safes framework.
  • Resource discovery and citation supported with persistent identifiers (DOIs).
  • New deposits promoted to national and international researchers via newsletters, partner archives and research organisations.
  • De-identified study level metrics provided for funding proposals or extensions.

Please find information here how about how you go about sharing your data with UKDS.

Hear from data depositors

Data created or generated during research or administrative processes are valuable resources that can be used and reused for future scientific and educational purposes.