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UK Data Service makes selected UK controlled data available to researchers abroad

As a first step, selected SecureLab/controlled datasets from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) and the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), will become available via a Safe Room access point at one of our IDAN Partners, the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Germany.

The UK Data Service is a member of the International Data Access Network (IDAN), founded in 2018, and this is the first time the organisation has made this kind of data available to other countries.

IDAN is a collaboration between six Research Data Centres (RDCs) from France, Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom to facilitate research use of controlled access data between these RDCs/countries via reciprocal provision of Safe Room Remote Desktop Access.

As part of IDAN the UK Data Service provides secure data access points within the UK Data Service Safe Room at the University of Essex to facilitate on-site direct remote access to international controlled data of its partners. The German Institute for Employment Research (IAB) access point and the French Secure Access Data Centre (CASD – Centre d’Accès Sécurisé aux Données) access point are successfully in place and welcomed by our community of researchers.