The UK Data Archive launches new identity and website

Article dated: 14 July 2010

This week we are launching our new identity and website. Our new website has a clearer and more consistent feel, to present a more open and contemporary image of our role in the social sciences and research.

Since the formation of the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) in 2003, some of our long-standing users have been confused about our identity and especially how the Archive differs from ESDS. Our new image portrays a unique identity for the Archive which differentiates it from the ESDS. The Archive runs other key research data and support services, including the ESRC Census portal, the Survey Question Bank, the Secure Data Service, the History Data Service and the RELU Data Support Service. We also engage in related research and development activities supported by the ESRC, JISC, EU and other funders.

You will notice a few changes:

  • there is a new look and feel to the site - including the logo and colour scheme
  • site navigation has been simplified and improved
  • data can no longer be searched or accessed on the UK Data Archive site; instead the site is a portal to our varied data resources with users being clearly directed to ESDS where data can be found and accessed, much as it is now
  • our Managing and Sharing pages are now called Create & Manage, and while they may look different, the content is the same
  • we have a new series of case studies submitted by users featuring how they used our data

We are sure this will enhance user experience, but understand there may be initial inconvenience as everyone becomes familiar with the new style and layout. Apologies for any inconvenience that does arise.

Please direct any enquiries to the Archive Communications Team