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UK Data Service responses to changes in the data landscape

Presenter 1
Hersh Mann
UK Data Archive

The Approved Researcher scheme is used by the United Kingdom Office for National Statistics to grant access to microdata that cannot be published openly. Following on from reviews of this scheme and of data that fall within its remit, there have been changes to the mechanisms by which the UK Data Service provides access to these data sources. These changes relate to the process of gaining permission to access data, and to a statistical disclosure review of the licences under which sensitive variables are held.

Using these reviews as exemplars, this presentation will discuss how the impact of the changes affects the operation of the UK Data Service (in acquisition, licensing, ingest, access, and support) and how the user experience is altered in parallel. This exercise demonstrates the value of working closely with data depositors at all stages of the data lifecycle to strike a balance between preserving data security and ensuring that sensitive information can be shared safely and practically for legitimate research needs. As legislation and attitudes evolve to encompass new forms of data, there will be a continuing need for data producers and data services to provide dynamic responses to new developments.

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