Explore online

A selection of data are available to explore via our online tools.

  • Nesstar

    Nesstar is the online data exploration system used by the UK Data Service to provide access to a wide variety of datasets. All visitors to our Nesstar Catalogue can browse study metadata, variable frequencies and use the simple and advanced search options. Registered users can also create simple online cross-tabulations, produce graphs, and download subsets of variables in a variety of formats.

  • Census

    A number of tools are available for accessing census data available via the UK Data Service Census Support

  • UKDS.Stat

    UKDS.Stat enables you to extract information from the large socio-economic international datasets available at the UK Data Service. The interface, which uses OECD data warehousing technology, provides an improved user experience and many exciting features, including animated time series charts, the ability to display data as choropleth maps, to save personal queries, share queries and to search across all datasets.

  • Beyond 20/20

    As of 31 December 2014, Beyond 20/20 is no longer available at UK Data Service. All international data can now be accessed from UKDS.Stat.

  • QualiBank

    QualiBank is the UK Data Service's search and browse interface for qualitative data objects allowing searching of the content of text files, such as interviews, essays, open-ended questions and reports. It also allows searching of metadata attached to these objects, such as a description of an image or of an audio recording, and it enables hyperlinking to related objects. A citation can be made for a whole object or interview extracts. In the first release a limited number of completely open data are available.

  • Histpop

    The Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. This collection goes beyond the basic population reports with a wealth of textual and statistical material which provide an in-depth view of the economy, society (through births, deaths and marriages) and medicine during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

  • Download historical censuses

    Provides access to aggregate historical census data from the Great Britain Historical Database and the Database of Welsh Historical Statistics, and also allows users to order online subsets from the transcribed census enumerators' books of the 1881 census for England and Wales, and to order specific tables. Access to these data is only available to members of the UK higher and further education community conducting not-for-profit research and/or teaching and learning.


    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Report on Exchange Arrangements and Exchange Restrictions (AREAER) database tracks exchange and trade arrangements for all IMF member countries.

  • IMF eLibrary

    The IMF eLibrary for the UK Data Service offers the entire catalogue of IMF publications in several digital formats. It is an indispensable tool for economics research and analysis including over 10,000 periodicals, books and working papers from 1951 onwards.

  • UN Comtrade

    UN Comtrade contains detailed import and export flow data for over 200 countries. Accessing UN Comtrade through the UK Data Service, gives staff and student from UK Higher and further education institutions access to the premium service. This includes the ability for users to bulk download data.

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