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"Partners who provide funding, strategic direction and organisational support"

The UK Data Service was established by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in October 2012.

Their vision is to integrate and expand several existing data services into a comprehensive national service structured to support researchers in academia, business, third sector and all levels of government.

In addition to ESRC funding, we also receive financial support from our host organisations, and our activities are overseen by the ESRC's Data Infrastructure Strategic Advisory Committee. You can read more in the tabs below.

Host organisations

The UK Data Service is delivered by staff with special expertise in research data based at universities across the UK. These are the organisations that provide the foundation for our data, resources and services.

  • UK Data Archive

    University of Essex

    The UK Data Archive is curator of the largest collection of digital social science data in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1967, the Archive is an acknowledged centre of expertise in the areas of acquiring, curating and providing access to data. In 2005 it was designated a Place of Deposit by the National Archives, which allows the curation of public records. In 2010 it achieved certification under ISO27001, an international standard of information security.

  • Jisc


    Jisc is a registered charity and champions the use of digital technologies in UK education and research. As part of the Digital Resources Directorate of Jisc, UK Data Service staff provide access to, and specialist support for, the databanks of Inter-governmental organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and OECD as well as aggregate statistics from the 1971 to 2011 UK censuses.

  • Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research

    University of Manchester

    The Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI) is a centre of research excellence specialising in the application of advanced quantitative methods in an interdisciplinary social science context. Named after Cathie Marsh who founded the Census Microdata Unit in 1993, CMI still plays a key role in the support and development of UK secondary microdata including the Sample of Anonymised Records (SARs) from the Census.

  • School of Geography

    University of Leeds

    The School of Geography at the University of Leeds is recognised as one of the world's leading geography departments and renowned for its cutting edge research which influences policy across a range of sectors. In particular, it is home to the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy, where new analysis techniques and policy predictions are developed based on the latest science and information. The School has a longstanding association with both the spatial analysis of census data and the development of web-based systems to ensure its use in the wider academic community.

  • Geography and Environment

    University of Southampton

    The Population, Health and Wellbeing research group in Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton has an outstanding reputation for leadership in population and health research, based on the combination of innovation in methodology covering geographical information systems (GIS), spatial analysis and quantitative and qualitative methods with substantive expertise in census, population and health issues. Our work comprises spatial population analysis and modelling; cultures, spaces and practices of care and population health. Our members work closely with the Office for National Statistics, co-direct the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and UK Data Service and edit the journal Health and Place.


    University of Edinburgh

    EDINA is a national academic data centre operating since 1995. It is designated by Jisc to support the activities of universities, colleges and research institutes across the UK and has a mission to develop and deliver shared services and infrastructure for research and education that are innovative, high quality and cost-effective, based on knowledge and expertise gained through research and development. EDINA also continues to act as the ESRC specialist geography unit for the census, supporting UK Data Service users in accessing and using the geography outputs of the 2011 and previous censuses.

  • Department of Information Studies

    University College London

    The UCL Department of Information Studies is an international centre for knowledge creation and transfer in the fields of librarianship, archives and records management, publishing, information science and digital humanities. The department brings together academics and practitioners in these fields, with research aiming to develop the understanding and insights needed to shape the emerging information environment, while elucidating and building on the historical developments that have created this environment.

  • Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

    University College London

    The UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is one of the leading forces in the science of cities, generating new knowledge and insights for use in city planning, policy and design and drawing on the latest geospatial methods and ideas in computer-based visualisation and modelling. CASA is part of The Bartlett, UCL's global faculty of the built environment.

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