Access other data
Whether you want to find data to reuse for your research, or archive your own data for the long-term, you'll need to know what data archive services are available in your field.
You might like to build your research on data already available or to complement or enrich your own research.
There are many data services available, depending on your research area, and the list is growing. Here are some links to places you can search for data across a number of archives, and places you can find lists of specific archives to search.
Funding bodies with their own data centres
- ESRC funds the UK Data Archive for social science data.
- The Archaeology Data Service (ADS)
- The National Environment Research Council (NERC) Data Centres, such as the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC)
- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC): several data centres are available but not all curate data.
Other data centres or directories
- Data.gov.uk, UK government public data
- OpenDOAR, the Directory of Open Access Repositories
- Registry of Research Data Repositories, a catalogue of research data repositories
- DataCite, an international not-for-profit organisation which aims to improve visibility of data
- Figshare, a general purpose repository including data sets
- Zenodo, another general purpose repository for all fields of science. Zenodo accepts closed access uploads.
Use of third party data
If you use data owned by a third party (copyright material, software or database), you need to understand the terms under which these are obtained and the scope of use. It is necessary to obtain permission from the data owner for re-use of such material, unless conditions of re-use have been explicitly indicated, for example, with a Creative Commons licence.
Please note that you might have to specify the use of existing data in your Data Management Plan.