Winter 2016/2017


New data resources and developments in the UK Data Service.
Impact Fellows start to Blog

Data Impact Fellows start to blog

Our Fellows have begun new activities to extend the impact of their research and have written for the Data Impact Blog about their progress, sharing the outcomes of their role as UK Data Service Data Impact Fellows.

Read the Fellows' blogs

Big data team heading to ZA

Big data team heading to ZA
Photo: Cape Town by night

30 January - 3 February 2017 Cape Town Centre, South Africa

A team from the UK Data Service are in Cape Town this week, delivering the first big data summer school together with South Africa's data service DataFirst. Specifically for data users in South Africa, Encounters with big data #ZABigData17 is a week-long training event.

The summer school is part of the Smarter Household Energy Data project, strengthening partnerships between South Africa and the UK through research into the use of household energy data. See their blog.

For updates through the week follow Louise @LouiseCorti and @UKDataService, #ZABigData17.

UNESCO data released via UKDS.Stat today

Today we are delighted to announce these data are available as open data via our online platform UKDS.Stat:
Remaining UNESCO Statistics now available via UKDS.Stat UNESCO Cultural Employment Statistics
UNESCO Research and Experimental Developments Statistics
UNESCO Communication and Information Statistics
UNESCO Feature Films Statistics

November saw the release of UNESCO Education Statistics and UNESCO Innovation Statistics.

Looking for data on Economics

The UK Data Service is pleased to share the new set of theme pages related to economics.

Looking for economics data?Economics covers a wide range of research topics such as:
  • economic activity
  • public spending
  • taxation
  • trade and productivity

Events and Webinars

A selection of events and webinars on economic and social data:

Personal well-being event - Wednesday 29 March

Join us for this half day event, organised by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the UK Data Service. It is free to attend and will be held at Jisc, Brettenham House, London.
Personal well-being data user event: Showcasing data and researchPersonal well-being data have been collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for over five years. This is part of their wider Measuring National Well-being programme which aims to measure what matters most to people in the UK.

The programme contains a mixture of presentations from data producers, policy makers and researchers who use data from the ONS four personal well-being questions.

Training webinars 2017 - sign up today

Take a look at the range of free online training webinars we have for 2017. 

Training webinars 2017 - sign up todayThe UK Data Service has released its 2017 programme of regular introductory webinars, which will be repeated throughout the year. These will introduce different aspects of the Service and explain our key datasets. 

We also provide a wide programme of training and events, including specialist and one-off webinars. To find out more, please visit our events pages.


A round up of news from the UK Data Service.

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2017

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2017

Building on from the success of the 2016 Dissertation Prize, the UK Data Service will be running the Dissertation Prize for the academic year 2016/17.

So, if you are an undergraduate student using secondary analysis for your dissertation and would you like to share your results with other researchers, users of data and practitioners, then you should enter this years’ competition!

1000th data collection in ReShare

1000th data collection in ReShareNot yet in the book of World Records, but a true record none-the-less! Congratulations to Prof Lucy Henry and Dr Laura Crane from City, University of London and Dr Rachel Wilcock from the University of Winchester for depositing the 1,000th data collection in our ReShare repository.

New OECD guidelines on research ethics and new forms of data

New OECD guidelines on research ethics and new forms of dataThe guidelines are the culmination of a two year project by an Expert Group, appointed by the OECD Global Science Forum (GSF), and provide a set of high-level recommendations that can be used to underpin the ethical governance of research, from the formulation of research proposals through to publication and dissemination of results.

Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Service, represented the international social science data archive community and the UK on the Expert Group. He explains the significance of the guidelines...

Department for Education: Secondary Data Analysis Initiative

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a call for proposals to produce insights into policy areas of interest to the Department and to promote the use of the relevant datasets.

The deadline for applications is 10 March 2017.

For more information, please go to the ESRC website.

Understanding Society: Wave 6 data released

Understanding Society: Wave 6 data releasedBack in November Understanding Society released its latest wave of rich longitudinal data (Wave 6), which features an exciting boost sample for understanding the lives of immigrants in the UK.

Download waves 1-6 from the UK Data Service.

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Research in the news using data in the UK Data Service Collection.

Police recorded an 8% rise in all offences in England and Wales as a survey shows figures in cybercrime and fraud

This article uses data from the
Crime Survey for England and Wales
From - January 20, 1:19 PM

Younger generations will inherit much more money than their predecessors - but the amounts they get will be very unequal, according to new research

This article uses data from the:
English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
Family Resources Survey

Wealth and Assets Survey

IFS report
From - January 5, 4:54 PM

Good mental health and having a partner bring more happiness than a higher income, a study suggests

This article uses data from the:
1970 British Cohort Study
From - December 14, 2016 1:34 PM
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Data Impact Blog

The UK Data Service blog aims to encourage debate and share best practice with the data impact community.

Impact Fellows' blog

Introducing blogs from Dharmi Kapadia, Sarah Knight, Rachel Oldroyd, Claudia Zucca, Marii Paskov, William Shankley and Bram Vanhoutte who discuss their roles as Impact Fellows for the UK Data Service.

International and census open data use at the UK Data Service and the fruits of data citation

Susan Noble, Service Manager for international data at the UK Data Service based at Jisc, talks about how we find out what people have actually done with the data we provide and why it’s important that we do what we do!

Patterns of Use of the Secure Lab

5 Safes animation - safely using secure data Andy Redfearn, Data Curation Officer at the UK Data Service, takes a look at patterns of use of the UK Data Service’s Secure Lab. Andy is a data scientist, part of our highly specialised Ingest Services team, where he prepares data and documentation for addition to the Secure Lab.
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Case studies

Our data in use: advancing research, informing policy and improving teaching.

Inheritances and Inequality across and within Generations

The growing importance of inherited wealthNew research is showing that the wealth of younger generations is now falling behind the wealth of their predecessors at a similar age. Rising house prices and an uncertain job market have impacted the wealth levels of the different generations, making receiving inheritances much more important for the current young generations than it was for older generations.
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