Autumn 2015

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Check out the new features on our website

Check out the new features on our websiteWith a more contemporary refreshed design, the homepage is now easier to navigate and incorporates many new features.

Check out our new homepage and let us know what you think.

Hot off the press: UK Data Service Annual Report 2014/15

Hot off the press: UK Data Service Annual Report 2014/15

The UK Data Service is pleased to announce the launch of our Annual Report for 2014/15.

Focusing on the key areas of research, skill-building, reach and infrastructure, the report showcases our achievements in the last year and looks forward to the projects that we will be working on in the next.

Children's Dental Health Survey highlights disparities in dental health

Children's Dental Health Survey highlights disparities in dental healthThe 2013 Children's Dental Health Survey generated a great deal of media attention when it was released. You can now examine these data in detail by downloading the dataset from the UK Data Service.
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Where are the children? The challenge of tracking in a longitudinal study of children

Where are the children? The challenge of tracking in a longitudinal study of childrenAnne Solon, data manager for Young Lives, whose role involves working with Young Lives research partners to coordinate the complete survey cycle and coordinating the processes of survey design, piloting, training of field staff, data collection, data entry and data management, discusses the challenge of tracking in a longitudinal study of children.
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Screen-based media and well-being in adolescence

Over recent decades there has been a significant increase in sedentary activities, especially those that are screen-based such as using computers, smartphones and playing electronic games. Together these screen based media (SBM) occupy a considerable portion of young peoples’ life, and it is becoming apparent that the various types of SBM may be independently associated with some health and well-being outcomes.
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Developing Policy

The UK Data Service has been awarded the contract to create the Data Access and Dissemination Policy for CESSDA. This policy will demonstrate the consortium’s commitment to both open science and the fullest protection of the privacy of data subjects. Work is estimated to be complete by May 2016.

Featured items this quarter

New data resources and developments including our latest theme pages, community forum and enhancements to Discover

Looking for data on information and communication technologies?

Looking for data on information and communication technologies?The UK Data Service has launched a suite of web pages and related materials on information and communication technologies (ICT).

ICT's are reshaping the world, transforming the way in which we communicate, govern, work, manage crises, do business and spend our free time. These changes are, in turn, driving new policy development to address the societal impacts of digital technologies.

Helping students develop rewarding research projects using survey data

Helping students develop rewarding research projects using survey dataAre you a student about to embark upon a research project? For tips and examples on how you can enrich your project with data from large social surveys, look no further than our handy guide to 'Using survey data'.

Students often tell us that they are unaware of the sheer scope of data that they can access at the UK Data Service for use in their research projects.

Go direct to the data

Go direct to the dataWe are delighted to announce the latest suite of enhancements to our Discover search engine, which will make finding data you need even easier.

Discover now uses icons to highlight both access conditions and identify our data exploration tools, has an advanced search option to refine your search even more than before and citation export in a variety of formats - all at the click of a button.

New data releases

We had a number of new releases this quarter including:
SN 7809 British Social Attitudes Survey, 2014
SN 851857 Moving on: Integration and onward migration of dispersed refugees in the UK
SN 7788 OECD Product Market Regulation Statistics, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013
SN 7740 Scottish Household Survey, 2012
SN 7791 Northern Ireland Police Recorded Injury Road Traffic Collision Data, 2014 along with previously unavailable back data covering 1998-2003

This is just a small selection of the many new data collections released this quarter.

If you want to keep informed of all our new data releases and new editions, you can receive a weekly comprehensive list by subscribing to JiscMail.

You can also browse all the latest updates in our collection using our Discover interface.

Data in the pipeline

*Our Collections Development team are currently negotiating the acquisition of a number of collections, including:
International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC)
Independent Midwives UK (IMUK), 2002-2012 - Special Licence Access
Scottish Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children
Census Microdata for 2011 for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Understanding Society Waves 1-5

ONS studies:
Annual Population Survey, July 2014 - June 2015
Quarterly Labour Force Survey Household Dataset, July - September, 2015
Annual Population Survey Household Dataset, January - December 2014
Quarterly Labour Force Survey, July - September 2015
*Please be aware that delivery dates may be subject to change.
Following pre-ingest and administrative checks, data collections are passed to the Ingest Team. Information about our in-house processing checks are available on the regular depositor's page. This page also includes information about the time frame for release once full processing has begun on the materials. This may help to inform research plans.


Here is a selection of events on economic and social data:

Forthcoming events

Past events

Events during the next quarter include:
To see a comprehensive list, visit our events page.
Events and workshops our experts have taken part in include:
The full list of past events and their related presentations can be found on the past events page.

Let us showcase your work

Write for us: the Data Impact Blog is a hub for anyone interested in maximising the impact of social, population and economic data in research and policy. If you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us at
Case studies: every day, data from the UK Data Service collection are used to inform research, influence policy and teach the next generation of social scientists. If you would like to submit a case study, simply download the form.
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