ACROSS THE DECADES - 40 years of data archiving


The UK Data Archive is committed to following agreed best standards and good practice in web design and usability. The underlying code of the UK Data Archive web site achieves compliance with level 3(AAA) W3C guidelines for XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets, conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and is SENDA compliant. Where this is not feasible or practical, an alternative method will be provided for users to obtain the assistance they need from user support staff.

XHTML and accessibility standards Browser compatibility

UK Data Archive pages are compatible with the following standard browsers:
  • Firefox 3.0
  • Internet Explorer 7.0
  • Opera 9.0
User-friendly features
  • resizeable text - to resize the text, follow instructions specific to the browser being used, e.g. for Internet Explorer 7.0 go to 'View' and select 'Text Size' and select the appropriate size text
  • print-friendly pages - available from the link at the top left of each page
  • search web site or search for data - available at the top right of each page
  • A-Z index of all UK Data Archive web pages

UK Data Archive/ESDS registration requires that cookies are accepted on your PC. The most common reason for not being able to log on is that cookies are being blocked on your PC.

A cookie is a small piece of information that is automatically stored on a computer within a web browser. UK Data Archive/ESDS use Cookies (that do not contain any personal information) in order to allow users to move from one resource to another.

You can check whether your computer is set up to accept cookies or change the settings using the following instructions:

  • Firefox 3.0: Go to 'Tools' -> 'Options' -> 'Privacy' -> 'Cookies'
  • Internet Explorer 7.0: Go to 'Tools' -> 'Internet Options' -> 'Privacy' -> 'Advanced Level' and select 'Accept cookies'
  • Opera 9.0: Go to 'Tools' -> 'Preferences' -> 'Advanced' -> 'Cookies'

To successfully use the UK Data Archive web site users require a JavaScript-enabled web browser.

Help for users

The UK Data Archive will provide help and support to any users having difficulties using the web site. Contact the help desk.


The UK Data Archive is very keen to get feedback from users. Please email feedback with comments or suggestions.