Crime Surveys User Conference 2017

Call for papers: Crime Surveys User Conference 2017.

Submissions are now open for the Crime Surveys User Conference 2017. The annual Crime Surveys User Conference, organised by the UK Data Service, will be held on Friday 8 December. The event is free to attend and will be held at the Royal Statistical Society in London. The programme will contain a mixture of presentations from data producers, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and researchers who use crime-related data. We would like to invite offers of presentations based on analysis of the UK crime surveys, such as the Crime Survey for England and Wales, the Commercial Victimisation Survey, and the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes for their talk followed by 10 minutes for questions. Please send offers of a paper, including a 200-word abstract, to by Monday 25 September. We will evaluate all abstracts and notify authors after the selection process. A detailed programme of presentations will be provided prior to the conference. See details of previous user conferences: Crime Surveys User Conference 2016 and Crime Surveys User Conference 2015.

Follow the event on Twitter: #UKDSCrime17

Dr Data – the answer to cancer. And other things……

The Farr Institute’s latest news includes their participation in the Edinburgh Fringe with Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer, produced in cooperation with the Cancer Innovation Challenge and the Beltane Network, and part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, a well-established series of research-related performances.  The latest news release also covers cyber security, collaborations between Scottish Government the NHS and the Data Lab, and also a call for submissions to the e-journal “The International Journal of Population Data Science”.


International Macro Data from Unesco

We are delighted to announce we have begun releasing UNESCO statistics via UKunesco-2DS.Stat.

As the statistical branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Institute for Statistics (UIS) produces cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories and is often used as a reference dataset for many other IGO’s data publications.  The data are being made available as open data and are a valuable addition to the UK Data Service international macro data portfolio.

The first two datasets to be released via UKDS.Stat are the UNESCO Education Statistics and the UNESCO Innovation Statistics:

  • The UNESCO Education Statistics dataset includes over 1600 indicators for 290+ countries and territories from 1970 onwards. From pre-primary school enrolment to tertiary graduation rates, it covers all education levels and allows research into key policy issues such as gender parity, teachers and education financing
  • The UNESCO Innovation Statistics dataset includes over 600 indicators for 70+ countries from 2005 onwards.  The UIS collects R&D data from more than 200 countries and territories through its biennial research and experimental development survey and partnerships with other statistical organisations, such as Eurostat, Red Iberoamericana de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología (RICYT) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The following UNESCO datasets will be released over the coming months – ‘Research and experimental development’, ‘Feature Films’, ‘Cultural Employment’, ‘Communication and Information’ and ‘Demographic and socio-economic’ datasets.

These data releases have come about as a result of membership of the Statistical Information Systems Collaboration Community.  Set up by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the SIS-CC is a group of international institutions (such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the International Labour Organization and UNESCO Institute of Statistics) working together to share experiences, expertise and to enable cost effective innovation in large-scale data dissemination.  We became a SIS-CC member organisation in 2012 and since then have been working collaboratively with the SIS-CC to develop UKDS.Stat.

Access the data at UKDS.Stat

UKDS.Stat is the data platform for UK Data Service international macrodata. The interface (which uses OECD data warehousing technology) provides many exciting features, including: integrated metadata, searching across datasets from different providers (IMF, OECD, International Energy Agency, World Bank, UNIDO and UNESCO), data visualisation options and the ability to save and share queries.

See our UKDS.Stat user guide and FAQs for help in accessing the data. Let us know if you have any problems finding and accessing the data or have any feedback on the service.


UKDS.Stat user guide

UNESCO Education Statistics dataset user guide

UNESCO Innovation Statistics dataset user guide

Funding Opportunity: MQ Data Science Award

mqWe are currently seeking applications for the MQ Data Science Award. This novel funding programme is in its first year, and aims to support pioneering research into mental health, whilst also expanding the use of data resources for research and developing the skills base in this complex field.

We’re harnessing the power of data science, to illuminate our understanding of mental illness.  Mental health data science has huge potential in the near-term to drive forward research and lead to major improvements in care and treatments. Apply for funding.

Funding Opportunity: Data Impact Fellows

UK Data Service Impact Fellows Programme 2016-2017.   The UK Data Service aims to establish additional ways to support the long-range use of its data and resources by new generations of scholars, extending this usage through the research partnerships they develop and by the students they teach – from the earliest stages of, and throughout their career – by establishing a prestigious Impact Fellows programme. Funded by the ESRC the programme aims to provide career development opportunities for scholars at a relatively early stage of their academic careers with a proven record of research.  Find out more

Funding Opportunity: ESRC Digging into Data Challenge

The ESRC and AHRC, on behalf of the Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP), are pleased to announce the launch of the T-AP Digging into Data Challenge. Building upon the success of previous Digging into Data Challenge calls, this expanded multi-lateral collaboration involves 16 funding agencies from 11 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, the UK, and the US).  Find out more

Funding Opportunity: Data Impact Fellowships

UKDSApply to be one of our new Data Impact Fellows

Are you a post-doctoral researcher or PhD researcher based in a UK university? Do you use UK Data Service data in your research with a focus on impact? If so we are offering you the opportunity to be awarded one of five Impact Fellowships.

UKDAFive awards are offered to the value of £2,000 per Fellow and the programme will run over 2 years from July 2016, from which Fellows can draw on a receipt for cost basis to cover impactful public engagement activities such as: holding focus groups, international conference costs or the cost of an article processing charge for a publication.

As a UK Data Service Impact Fellow we’ll help you promote your research through blogging, becoming a data citation practitioner, developing impact case studies and enhancing your profile.

Funded by the ESRC, the programme aims to provide career development opportunities for scholars at a relatively early stage of their academic careers with a proven record of research. Apply here, we look forward to hearing from you.

Resources Impact Fellows #dataimpactfellows2016

Funding Opportunity: NERC Improving Health with Environmental Data

NERC, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO) are investing up to £600,000 in projects to identify and fill knowledge gaps around the potential of environmental data to improve health outcomes in the UK. This call will focus specifically on using environmental data on air pollution and/or environmental hazards alongside health and biomedical data.  Closing date: 12 July 2016



Funding Opportunity: ESRC Secondary Data Analysis – Open Call

The ESRC is now receiving applications for new project funding as part of their Secondary Data Analysis Initiative.  Funding is provided for up to 18 months with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC) per grant.  Proposals will be considered by a new Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) that will meet for the first time in July 2016.  Funding will be available for around 20 proposals a year.  

The call specification is open for the secondary analysis of key ESRC-funded data resources and infrastructure, either in conjunction with other datasets or on their own and that administrative data is one of the eligible ESRC-funded data resources.  If you would like further advice on administrative data that might be available then please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Administrative Data Service (

 Further information on the call