Find out how your organisation can benefit from sharing your data with researchers.
The enormous volume and complexity of data that are being collected by government departments, businesses and other organisations represents a significant resource within the UK, which can be used to the mutual benefit of academic research, organisations and society as a whole. There are also benefits from sharing your data with researchers. Sharing your data with the research community via UBDC’s expert services can reveal and validate its value as a key source of evidence for policy development or as a means of generating economic impact. UBDC can act as a single point of access to your data for the research community.
You can view all of our collections in our Data Catalogue. Some examples of successful data sharing by organisations include:
- Scottish Government: Home Care Services data; Looked After Children data; and more.
- Glasgow City Council: Data on falls by elderly people in public spaces.
- Renfrewshire Council: Data on social care services and landlord registrations.
This research will help move forward our understanding of how social care is currently delivered and assist us in improving the design and delivery of our services. Working with the UBDC has been a valuable experience and a good example of academia and Local Government sharing resources and expertise. We'll look for opportunities to work with them again in the future. Danny McAllion
Data Analytics and Research Manager at Renfrewshire Council
- Newcastle City Council: Road lighting data.
- Strava: Strava Metro Cycling App data for transport research.
- British Geological Survey: Accessing Subsurface Knowledge (ASK) - Geological information underpinning Glasgow and surrounding areas.
- Registers of Scotland: All-sales data for properties in Scotland.
- Met Office: Weather data, curated by us for use by researchers.
- UCAS, ScotExEd and HESA: Data demonstrating the full learning life-cycle for UK citizens.
Below are some answers to frequently asked questions from data owners. If you require more information about UBDC services for data owners, please contact us.
What is the UBDC’s National Data Service?
Why would I want to share my data?
What is involved in sharing data?
Will I have any say over who can access my data?
What reassurances are available regarding controls over access?
How is access to personal or commercially sensitive data controlled?