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The UK Data international data user forum on Google+ has now closed.  Please come and join us on the UK Data Service Facebook page instead at....

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Check out the World Bank's 2015 Year in Review in charts....

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#DataImpact2015: Data infrastructure and the big issues in public policy debate

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The World Bank Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) takes place on June 20-21, 2016, Washington, DC. The theme is 'Data and Development' and they're now issuing a Call for Papers - read on for more info!

Christmas closing info

Just to let you know, the UK Data Service offices are closed from 12.30 GMT on Thursday 24 December 2015 and will re-open at 09.00 GMT on Monday 4 January 2016. Online services will run unsupported during this period.

Season's Greetings to all our users!

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Take a look at the UK Data Service Impact Blog - where Celia Russell and Susan Noble, international data experts at the UK Data Service highlight the UN Human Rights Day campaign ‘Our Rights Our Freedoms Always’ and report on the recent Human Rights workshop hosted by the UK Data Service.


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The ESRC issues open call for Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI)

Have you got a research idea that uses data from the UK Data Service? If so, take a look at the ESRC's SDAI - it aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies. Proposals welcome at any time and funding is provided for up to 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC) per grant.

#ESRC #socialsciene #SDAI

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The UK Data Service hosted a panel session and networking event on the evening of 2 December 2015 from 6pm at the Digital Catapult Centre, London.

Hosted by Jane Elliott, Chief Executive of the ESRC, and Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Service, a panel of leading data innovators explored data re- data re-use in policy and research, sharing their experiences of demonstrating data enhanced impact.

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With the +United Nations Climate Change conference now underway, why not take a look at the UK Data Service Environment and Energy theme pages at These web pages are designed to aid researchers looking specifically for data on particular themes. The full list of 'data by theme' web pages can be found at

#COP21 #SDGs

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Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Archive and the UK Data Service responds to the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee to examine the opportunities and risks of ‘big data’.....
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