Through a number of strategic investments by both the JISC and the ESRC, the UK academic community has access to a unique and expansive range of digital data resources. The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) , of which the UK Data Archive  is a service provider, is a national data service that provides access and support for an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, spanning many disciplines and themes. It comprises a number of specialist data services that promote and encourage data usage in teaching and research. However, while individual datasets are used extensively in academic research they are significantly under-used in learning and teaching programmes within Higher Education, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and rarely used in Further Education.
Vol 5, Issue 1