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About RDS

Research Data Scotland (RDS) is unlocking the power of public sector data to make it quicker and simpler to do research and improve lives.

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Who we are

RDS is a not-for-profit charitable organisation created and funded by the Scottish Government, and a partnership between leading universities and public bodies.

Discover our people, partners and the ways we work towards our vision collaboratively through the sections below.

Our strategy and business plan

Our vision is to advance health and social wellbeing in Scotland by simplifying access to public sector data. Our strategy and business plan outline how we're working to provide a single point of contact for safe, secure and effective access to secure datasets.

How we work

Our work is underpinned by a strong commitment to the public good and care for safety and security. Integrity, transparency, courage, collaboration and humility are the values that drive our activities and define how we engage with our partners, stakeholders and the public.

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Our partners

RDS is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scotland’s leading universities and public bodies. Together, we're working to make it quicker and simpler to access public sector data for research that benefits the public.

Discover our partners
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Our people

People are central to both our mission and our culture. Our team combines expertise in data, strategy, digital delivery, communications and operations with a passion for serving the public good.

Learn about our team
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Our Board is responsible for the effective governance and development of RDS, supports the directors in delivering our strategy, monitors key risks, and ensures resources are managed effectively.

Meet our trustees

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