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Although the name of the UK Data Archive has changed over time, for simplification it will be referred to here as 'the Archive'.

International presence

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When the Archive was established, other data archives already existed in the USA, the Netherlands and Germany, although an article in The Times (1 January 1967), suggests that the German archive did not have much of a head start: "The German archive at Cologne contained a survey conducted for an oil company interested in petrol consumption. The survey contained questions about people's weekend travel and holiday activity".

Although media reports of the day portrayed the international archives, particularly those already established in the USA, as competition for the fledgling British archive, the Archive's activities have always focused on international co-operation.

In June 1976, an informal alliance (the Council of European Social Science Data Archives or CESSDA) was set up between the Archive and the six other European data archives in existence by then, to promote co-operation as well as the unrestricted exchange of data between nations. This alliance has grown and, with the addition of Romania and Luxembourg in 2001, now boasts over 20 member countries.

The Archive has made significant contributions to CESSDA's research and development projects and Kevin Schürer is currently CESSDA's elected president - the first time that a director from the Archive has held this position.

The Archive has also built strong links outside Europe: the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICSPR) in Michigan, USA, is now one of its main international partners, enabling the Archive's users to access datasets in the oldest and largest social science data archive in the world.

The Archive's international standing attracts an increasing number of delegates seeking information and guidance. The visitors' list includes Canadians, Australians, Russians, South Koreans and even a group from Kyrgyzstan. This year, in January alone, the Archive hosted delegations from the South African Human Sciences Research Council and the Chinese Academy of Social Science.

Further information on international presence over the last 40 years.

UKDA40 Home Page > About > 40 years of the UKDA - international presence
link to UK Data Archive Page last updated 25 August 2010
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