Our up-to-date guidance can be found on the UK Data Service website, together with links to our book published in 2014 by Sage Publications.
We run training events on various aspects of managing and sharing research data.
This provides data creators, data managers and data curators with best practice strategies and methods for creating, preparing and storing shareable datasets.
For quantitative/numerical data, allow time to add appropriate variable, value and code labelling to data, to create SPSS set up files (if relevant), to supply the syntax or logical statements for derived variables etc. For qualitative data, provision should be made for the full transcription of interviews, focus groups discussions and so on, where the budget will allow.
Transcription cost should be included in the overall research budget.
Some data collections may not have been collected specifically for research purposes.
Administrative databases, such as the National Health Service Patient Re-registrations, although collected for a very different purpose, can provide valuable and timely information for researchers.
We are an acknowledged centre of expertise in the areas of acquiring, curating and providing access to data.
Since 2005 our archive has been designated a Place of Deposit by the National Archives allowing us to curate public records.
Our team undertakes a range of R&D projects on research data management support and training for researchers and research centres, through grants from the ESRC, Jisc and the EU.
Our most up-to-date guidance on how to manage and share data can be found on the UK Data Service website.
We are proud to be actively engaged in research and development, and throughout our 40 year history, we have remained at the cutting edge to become an international leader in curating and sharing data.