Depositors need to establish access conditions and rights in the data. Please consult our Licence Agreement.

Our access levels

At the UK Data Service, data are classified according to their level of detail, sensitivity and confidentiality. Appropriate data handling and access safeguards are put in place and we provide a spectrum of data access options.

Open data

  • Suitable for data that are neither classified as Personal Data nor Personal Information and with no residual risk of disclosure.
  • These are made available to any user without the requirement for registration for download/access.

Safeguarded data

  • Suitable for data that are neither classified as Personal Data nor Personal Information but where there is a potential residual disclosure risk.
  • These data are made available to registered, authenticated users, and where appropriate, special conditions are agreed to.

Controlled data

  • Suitable for data classified as Personal Information or Personal Data and data that are particularly sensitive, commercially or otherwise.
  • These data are made available to registered, authenticated and accredited users, with projects approved by the data owner(s) via a secure virtual private network.

Seek your department’s or organisation’s guidance from the division responsible for access, such as any local Microdata Release Panel, on the appropriate level of detail to be included in the data and the relevant access level. Categorise your data according to its impact level, which can then be used to determine the most appropriate access conditions.

You may wish to consider making different versions of the same data available under different access arrangements.

Rights in the data collection

Please ensure that all rights owners are defined in the licence. If the deposit includes data from other sources, please ensure that permission to deposit has been sought and granted. If in doubt refer to our guidance on the role of copyright and intellectual property rights in data and contact the Collections Development team for advice.