Join us at our next User Forum and share your views

Earlier this year Research Data Scotland hosted its first User Forum when more than 150 guests from academia, education and health agencies, local authorities, charities, data managers and providers attended an online conference to learn of the latest developments at RDS.

The next User Forum will be held on Tuesday, November 16 between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm and you can register today to attend to hear the latest updates from RDS Chief Executive, Prof Roger Halliday and share your views on our service to researchers.

The agenda for the event will cover RDS’s progress in delivering data, services and Information Governance transformation; the use of analytical software; Scotland’s priorities for data developments and our Data Strategy.

Prof Halliday said: "During COVID-19 all government departments have recognised how important collaboration is, particularly when accessing data for the public good and it’s in that spirit of collaboration that RDS was created. 

“It is also important that we understand what our users are seeking from RDS to help them achieve their research goals and the User Forum is great platform where our service users can share their views."

If you are interested in accessing public sector data, we want to hear from you so join the User Forum in November. This is your chance to play a part in making improvements to the user journey, identifying priorities and sharing your ideas for streamlining information governance processes.

This event is for everyone who is interested in accessing public sector data in Scotland, whether you be researchers, students, academics, analysts, statisticians or data controllers. 

To coincide with RDS User Forum we have also launched today a survey of services users to better understand which data sets you want to access, which analytical software you favour and something about you and your research. You can take part in the SURVEY here.

Scotland has a wealth of datasets that have the potential to save money, time and improve lives. Research Data Scotland will provide a new service for accessing public sector data in Scotland. It will offer safe, secure and cost effective access to data for research, innovation and investment by unlocking the value of our data assets.