Announcing the new ESDS one-stop registration service

Article dated: 20 May 2004

Social Science week, 21-25 June 2004, sees the official launch of the new Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) registration service. This will allow registered users access to all ESDS data services, including the UK Data Archive (UKDA) through a one-stop Athens Single Sign On. This service also heralds the implementation of a new streamlined UKDA ordering system and personalised web pages of requested datasets.

Registration for ESDS is a one-off procedure and will allow ESDS to identify users with previous UKDA accounts, so that ongoing and past dataset orders are not lost. It will also facilitate the building of personalised web pages for each registered user. Users within UK higher and further education who register with ESDS will also be entitled to access census data via the Census Registration Service (CRS) and vice versa. Users who have previously registered with the CRS or with ESDS International will not need to register with ESDS again.

The UKDA, via ESDS registration, will continue to provide access to data supplied by the UKDA for UK users outside of higher and further education, and all non-UK users. For those users from institutions outside the current Athens portfolio, the UKDA has obtained the right to issue Athens usernames and has implemented online Athens registration forms.

Further information will be made available in due course via email and JISCmail lists, including links to registration and Athens help on the ESDS registration pages and a step-by-step guide to accessing UKDA data under the new ESDS registration system.