Research Data Service

Discover and re-use data

Support for the discovery, use, management and learning about datasets for analysis, learning and teaching.

We curate a list of external resources to help you discover and re-use existing data. We can help you to:

  • find data freely available on the internet or through University of Edinburgh subscriptions, or to purchase datasets;
  • direct you to subject specialists and resources;
  • get started with advice on your specific data needs. We can match your research topic to data resources including surveys, censuses, mapping and databases;
  • apply for access to and acquire data from national and international data services;
  • make sense of dataset documentation;
  • make decisions about sharing your data such as: documenting, versioning, anonymising, licensing, formatting, citing and preserving data, including choosing an appropriate repository; and
  • analyse and visualise microdata online, and download user-defined subsets of data in formats conversant with statistical analysis packages such as SAS, SPSS and Stata.


Data Providers: UK

Data and resources relating to the geography, people and economy of the United Kingdom.

Data Providers: International

Major sources of international data

Get personalised assistance

Contact the Research Data Service staff to discuss your particular data requirements and get help sourcing data or working with datasets, by email, phone or a one to one meeting. We can also tailor training to your class or research group.