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Accessing data

Search for available datasets, view guidance on how to access data, and explore additional information for researchers.

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Our vision is to promote and advance health and social wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to public sector data about people, places and businesses.

The data access process

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Data access overview

Find out more about the process of applying to access secure datasets for research.

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Pre-application checklist

Understand what is involved in a data access request and how to complete the initial enquiry form.

Complete the checklist
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Initial enquiry form

Once you have your project information ready, fill out an initial enquiry form to kick off your request to access public sector datasets.

Submit an initial enquiry

Metadata Catalogue

Search public sector datasets to request access for research.

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Information for researchers

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eDRIS researcher support services

eDRIS Research Coordinators provide end-to-end support for researchers applying for access to public sector data.

Find out about eDRIS support
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Trusted Research Environments

There are a range of trusted research environments (TREs) in Scotland providing access to secure data. 

Find out more about TREs
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Approvals and training

Details on approved organisations in the UK, mandatory training for researchers and additional approvals.


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Terminology for researchers

Our list of common terms will help you understand more about public sector data in Scotland.

Learn the terminology