An initiative of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK Data Service
was established in October 2012 and brings together a number of different established data services: the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Secure Data Service, census.ac.uk and the Survey Question Bank.
The aim of the website is to provide a wide range of social and economic data for social researchers and other interested parties. Among the data provided are large-scale government surveys, international macrodata, business microdata, qualitative studies and census data from 1971 to 2011.
Simon Briscoe, of the Service’s governing board, explains the role of the new website in the April edition of RSSNEWS
. The article can also be read here