"Learn about our service and how to use our resources"
The UK Data Service provides access to, and support for, the use of an extensive range of key economic and social data, spanning many disciplines and themes. Find out about us.
Our search and browse application, Discover, provides access to data and related resources, such as case studies, support guides and publications. Discover contains over 6,000 digital data collections for research and teaching purposes.
Using our data
Anyone can register for our service but access to our resources may differ depending on your affiliation.
Yes you can. The open data we hold are available without the need to register. However, if you require access to safeguarded data, and your intended use is defined as 'non-commercial' according to the definition below, then you will need to register with us.
If your use is defined as 'commercial', according to the definition below, then you will need to sign a commercial agreement and we will have to obtain permission from the data owner before any data can be made available to you. Details will be sent to you once we have received your order:
If you are unsure whether your use is 'commercial', please get in touch and we will advise you.
Details on how to register are available from our commercial users page.
If your use is 'commercial' then your request will be subject to an administrative charge. Details are available from our charges page. There is no charge for data used for non-commercial purposes.
Each study has a Discover record and details of any restrictions will be found in the 'Access conditions' section.
Information on how to download or order data from our collection is available from our download/order pages.
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.