The Secure Research Service (SRS) Metadata Catalogue is a new, interactive way for you to discover what data are available for research in the SRS. You can search by name or theme and collect information about each SRS dataset, including its periodicity, frequency and spatial coverage, as well as a high-level description. For many datasets, you can also see full details of the variables contained in the dataset, with descriptions. This allows you to assess whether the dataset will meet your research needs before becoming an accredited researcher or submitting a project application. With agreement from the data owners, we will extend this functionality to all datasets over the next few months. The new Metadata Catalogue will also support better citation of SRS datasets and more information will be available soon.
The SRS Metadata Catalogue is a new service, launched in cooperation with our partners, ADR UK and Metadataworks. The new Metadata Catalogue is in its beta phase, so we welcome feedback, please contact SRS.Metadata.Management@ons.gov.uk.
Citing data in the SRS Metadata Catalogue
Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) are now available for the Secure Research Service (SRS) Metadata Catalogue. You can add the DOI to your data citation in any published work from your research -- from published papers and reports to pieces in the media, social media and wider internet. Those writing about or promoting data can also cite the DOI, so that mentions can be picked up for impact tracking.
Help on using our DOIs and catalogue can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.Back to table of contents
Researchers can match together different datasets they have access to in their Secure Research Service (SRS) project using common variables (for example, Local Authority, Occupation codes).
Where data have been provided with an operational ID, we will pseudonymise it (transform it into a mix of numbers and letters) to become an Office for National Statistics (ONS) ID that is meaningless outside the SRS environment. The ONS ID enables the researcher to match tables within the SRS environment. An example of an operational ID that has been pseudonymised is the "entref" variable, which is included in many of the business datasets held in the SRS.Back to table of contents
If you need to identify a specific subset of businesses within datasets held in the Secure Research Service (SRS) and/or match data in the SRS to data you already hold for a subset of businesses, this can be done in two ways.
You can use a Companies House Reference Number (CRN). This matching work can be carried out by the SRS team if you can supply the relevant CRNs. This service is provided with no costs to the researcher.
You can also use business names and addresses. This linkage work needs to be carried out by a separate team within the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There is a charge for this service. Researchers wanting to make a request for a business-linked dataset should contact email@example.com to discuss their requirement. If this service is required, researchers will need to confirm they are happy to proceed with their project on this basis. They must be willing to pay for the matching work based on the cost provided by the ONS before the application is submitted to the Research Accreditation Panel for approval.
If you require one of these services, this should be clearly specified in the linkage section of your project application. For either method, the results will be de-identified before being made available to you in your project.Back to table of contents
- ONS Approved Organisation Access Release Record (72.2 kB xls) (72.2 kB xls)
- ONS Local Development Plans Release Record (31.9 kB xlsx) (31.9 kB xlsx)
- ONS Ministerial Direction Release Record (178.2 kB xls) (178.2 kB xls)
- LEO I1SE variable request form v1.5 (664.4 kB xlsx)
- 2011 Census linked to Benefits and Income variable request form (29.4 kB xlsx)