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We work with researchers, analysts and policymakers to unlock the potential of public sector data for the benefit of public good.

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Metadata catalogue

The RDS metadata catalogue collates information on health, social care and administrative datasets published by various public sector organisations across Scotland.

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Highlights and Impact

In our first Highlights and Impact review, discover how we're working to connect researchers to public sector data and make it faster and simpler to generate research.

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The data access process

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Learn about data

Want to know more about data but don’t know where to start?

Explore our handy data explainers to learn what public sector data is, how it's kept safe and how it’s used in research.

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