Open access data

It is our explicit long-term goal to work with data owners to identify and remove all unnecessary barriers to access.

An increasing number of our datasets are available without registration or authentication using open data licences described in our Data Access Policy. These data are for use with an open licence and are not classified as personal. We are also working to gain open data certification via the Open Data Institute.

We also provide links to other open data resources that may be of interest.

Census data
International macrodata
Qualitative data
Survey data

A number of surveys are available to download immediately without the need to register with the UK Data Service. These are subject to either Open Government or Creative Commons open data licences.

A list of all our open survey studies is available via Discover. Included are a number of teaching datasets which are sub-samples of the real data and not necessarily representative. They are designed to be learning resources and should not be used for research purposes or the production of summary statistics.

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The UK Data Service website will be undergoing an upgrade to our systems from Thursday 23 August until Wednesday 29 August inclusive. Some parts of the current website, account area and data catalogue will be unavailable. Normal services are expected to resume on 30 August 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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