"Guidance on preparing and managing data"
Whether depositing large-scale survey data in our curated collection or smaller research collections via our self-deposit system, ReShare, data creators should consult our guidance below on preparing data. Ideally this should be prior to the start of fieldwork or data collection. In additon to the summary points noted here, we also provide comprehensive best practice guidance aimed at individual researchers and research support staff which can be found on our Manage data web pages.
Preparing data files
Allow sufficient time during and towards the end of a project for these preparations. Build in quality control checks for your data capture and cleaning processes:
Requirements for publishing in Nesstar
Nesstar is the UK Data Service’s online data browsing, analysis, subsetting and download tool that enables easy access to richly documented variables. Instant tabulation and graphing can be done . Full question text, universe and routing information is displayed alongside variable name, code values and labels, and frequencies.
A selection of key data, typically from government departments, are made available through our Nesstar service. These requires additional processing work to render them suitable for user-friendly online browsing, including:
The UK Data Service has recently upgraded its data discovery and access systems. Read more about the changes to our new Data Catalogue and ‘My Account’ area.