"What you need to know to deliver a dataset"
For regular depositors of large-scale social surveys or government data series there are five key steps to depositing a collection:
Consult our succinct 2014 guide on Depositing shareable survey data, preferably before the survey has been commissioned and fieldwork has started.
Discuss deposit conditions with us
Depositors need to agree access conditions and rights in the data with us before deposit commences.
Our access levels
At the UK Data Service data are classified according to their level of detail, sensitivity and confidentiality and appropriate data handling and access safeguards put in place. We provide a spectrum of data access options.
Seek your department's or organisation’s guidance from the division responsible for access, such as any local Microdata Release Panel, on the appropriate level of detail to be included in the data and the relevant access level. Categorise your data according to its impact level, which can then be used to determine the most appropriate access conditions.
You may wish to consider making different versions of the same data available under different access arrangements.
RIGHTS IN THE DATA COLLECTION
Rights in the data should be discussed with us, to ensure that all copyright holders are defined in the licence.
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.