UK Data Archive (UKDA)

Alternative Title: 
UK Data Service

The UK Data Archive (based at the University of Essex) is a large-scale repository of social sciences, humanities and large-scale government datasets.  The UKDA is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (Jisc).  Founded in 1967, it houses several thousand datasets of interest to researchers in all sectors and from many different disciplines. The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) in now part of the UK Data Archive.

Major thematic categories include:

  • Government datasets
  • Longitudinal datasets
  • Macro-economic datasets
  • Qualitative datasets

Data users can browse by subject, browse major studies or new data releases, or search the UKDA online catalogue through the UK Data Service Discover interface or the Nesstar Catalogue to find other datasets of interest.

Spatial Coverage: 
United Kingdom

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 Access for academic use is free, but registration is required.