Data support and services
ESRC funds a number of services that allow researchers to access key economic and social data.
Administrative Data Liaison Service (ADLS) (September 2012)
supports academic research and is the focal centre for knowledge, help and assistance with the major administrative datasets in the UK.
Administrative Data Taskforce (ADT)
The ADT report Improving acccess for research and policy proposes a UK Administrative Data Research Network.
Centre for Time Use Research (September 2013)
The Centre delivers free academic access to a range of time use datasets. This ESRC large grant will enable the Centre to enhance time use research resources and techniques and to carry out substantive research.
National Data Strategy (NDS) (2009-2012)
sets out priorities for the development of research data resources both within the social sciences and at the boundaries between the social sciences and other areas of scientific enquiry.
UK Data Service (start October 2012)
will integrate the Economic and Social Data Service, the Census Programme, the Secure Data Service and other ESRC-supported data service elements to provide a unified point of access for high-quality economic and social data.
Previous data support and services resources
Access Research Knowledge (ARK) (March 2012)
provides access to social and political material on Northern Ireland. ARK has developed a range of resource materials that inform social and political debate in the region.
Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) (September 2012)
ESRC Census of Population Programme (July 2012)
provides data and support services to allow users in UK Higher and Further Education institutions to access the 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001 UK censuses.
Institute: Social Sciences (formerly SOSIG) (July 2007)
Secure Data Service (SDS) (September 2012)
promotes excellence in research by enabling safe and secure remote access to data previously deemed too sensitive, detailed, confidential or potentially disclosive to be made available under standard arrangements.
Question Bank (October 2008)
Qualitative Archiving and Data Sharing (QUADS) (September 2006)