Our partners

We are a partnership between Scottish Government, Scotland’s leading academic institutions and public bodies which aim to facilitate insight from data and improve economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland. Our partners include:

The Scottish Government

The Scottish Government is the devolved government for Scotland and has a range of responsibilities that include: the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport and taxation.
Statistics.scot.gov provides a range of statistical and geographic data about Scotland from a variety of organisations where you can explore, visualise and download over 250 datasets from a range of producers. Read more...

Public Health Scotland (eDRIS)

Public Health Scotland (PHS) is Scotland’s lead national agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all of Scotland’s people. eDRIS is a PHS service providing coordination and expert advice to support researchers wishing to work with administrative data to make research more efficient, easier, save time and encourage better research. eDRIS provides a single point of contact to assist researchers in study design, approvals and data access in a secure environment. Read more...

National Records of Scotland

National Records of Scotland (NRS) is a Non-Ministerial Department of the Scottish Government. Our purpose is to collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland's people and history and make it available to inform current and future generations.
NRS is working with ADR Scotland, a partnership between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research, to enhance administrative data access, linkage and innovation in Scotland and enable policy-relevant research for the public good. We are also working with the Scottish Government, PHS (eDRIS), EPCC and Scottish Universities in the development of Research Data Scotland.
The NRS Indexing Team provides the trusted third-party indexing service enabling data to be de-identified for data linkage. For research projects that require data linkage, indexing is the process of matching available personal identifiers from a dataset to a population spine and returning an anonymised unique person identifier specific to the project.  NRS is committed to protecting the data it receives and processes and robust information governance and security measures are in place to ensure this.
The NRS Data Access Team works on individual linkage projects, where researchers are requesting access to census data. The initial point of contact for researchers is through eDRIS. NRS supports researchers by providing guidance through the scoping and application stages of their projects. NRS Data Access works with NRS Indexing and eDRIS to deliver census extracts for linkage. . Read more...

EPCC

EPCC is a supercomputing centre based at the University of Edinburgh. Since its foundation in 1990, its stated mission has been to accelerate the effective exploitation of novel computing throughout industry, academia and commerce. EPCC supports the UK's national high-end computing system, ARCHER, and the UK Research Data Facility. Read more...

Safe Havens: Grampian, Tayside, Lothian and Glasgow

The Scottish Safe Havens offer a secure environment where data is uploaded and accessed. They were developed in line with the SHIP blueprint which outlined a programme for a Scotland-wide research platform for the collation, management, dissemination and analysis of anonymised Electronic Patient Records (EPRs). The agreed principles and standards to which the Safe Havens are required to operate are set out in the Safe Haven Charter. Local Safe Havens operate in the regional hubs of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow; with a national Safe Haven at National Services Scotland. Read more...

ADR UK

ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK) is a partnership transforming the way researchers access the UK’s wealth of public sector data, to enable better informed policy decisions that improve people’s lives. By linking together data held by different parts of government, and facilitating safe and secure access for approved researchers to these newly joined-up and anonymised datasets, ADR UK is creating a sustainable body of knowledge about how our society and economy function – tailored to give decision makers the answers they need to solve important policy questions. Read more...

ADR Scotland 

ADR Scotland is a partnership combining specialists in the Scottish Government’s Data Sharing and Linkage Unit with the expertise of academic researchers at the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research. Together they are transforming how public sector data in Scotland is curated, accessed and explored, so it can deliver its full potential for policymakers and for the public. Read more...