Category: Director of the UK Data Service

Embracing the ‘Data Revolution’: Opportunities and Challenges for Research

We present an edited transcript of the keynote plenary speech Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Service and the UK Data Archive, gave at the annual IASSIST Conference in Bergen on 1 June 2016. IASSIST is an international organisation of professionals working in and with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences.

The longstanding culture in the social sciences of making data accessible is one to value

Evidence-based social policy depends on access to rich supplies of high-quality data. But how can we create, curate, enrich and reuse data already collected by government departments and researchers? James Nazroo and Matthew Woollard of the UK Data Service explore the network of trust and expertise that ensures a cost-effective pipeline of productive, policy-relevant data.