Research and development

Current projects

With additional support from funders including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), EPSRC, Jisc and the European Community, we continue to push the boundaries of knowledge and practice in data discovery, access and use.

Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER)

Bringing together eight leading studies, the British Library and the UK Data Service, CLOSER works to stimulate interdisciplinary research, provide training and develop shared resources and expertise.

Metadata Office: Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)

CESSDA provides large-scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the social sciences. It brings together social science data archives across Europe, with the aim of promoting the results of social science research and supporting national and international research and cooperation.

The CESSDA Metadata Office project plans to provide a core conceptual and strategic group to maintain and manage the CESSDA core metadata model and controlled vocabularies, and to provide a ‘metadata watch’.

Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is funding this five-year, multi-disciplinary research programme to develop a portal that will enable new research with the potential to transform research into UK energy challenges.

This programme provides the potential to transform UK energy research through the long-term provision of high quality, high-resolution energy data, enabling a reliable evidence base for intervention, observational and longitudinal studies across the socio-technical spectrum.

Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC)

Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) is developing the social sciences and humanities area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) – an initiative to provide European researchers and professionals with open and seamless services for storage, management, and analysis and re-use of research data.Find out more about the SSHOC project.

Past projects