Economic and Social Data Service

The Economic and Social Data Service was a national data archiving and dissemination service sponsored jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) that ran between 2002 and 2012.

The ESDS was a distributed service, based on a collaboration between four key centres of expertise who worked collaboratively to provide preservation, dissemination, user support and training for an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, spanning many disciplines and themes. The ESDS offered enhanced support for the secondary use of data across the research, learning and teaching communities.

The ESDS has now been subsumed by the UK Data Service, funded by the ESRC.

Archive contribution

The UK Data Archive co-ordinated this service from the University of Essex and ran three of the dedicated support services: ESDS Access and Preservation (the hub of the archiving and data delivery activities), ESDS Qualidata and ESDS Longitudinal.  It also contributed to ESDS Government and ESDS International in supporting international microdata.

Leading partners were the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, Manchester Information and Associated Services (Mimas) at the University of Manchester and the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR) at the University of Manchester.

Principal investigator:  Kevin Schürer/Matthew Woollard
Funder:  ESRC, JISC
Dates:  October 2002 - September 2012
Contact:  UK Data Service helpdesk
Links:  ESRC website grant page