What are the Datasets?
The National Digital Archive of Datasets (NDAD) preserves and provides online access to archived digital datasets and documents from UK central government departments.
Database management systems are used to gather, store and analyse large amounts of statistical information. This information influences and affects policy and legislation at the highest level, so the databases stored and preserved by NDAD are important evidence of the decision-making processes of UK government.
These documents are free of charge to download.
Searching the Datasets
You can search the Datasets by entering a keyword into the search box. You can also narrow your search by entering a date range.
Alternatively, you may wish to browse through details of the whole collection.
You can search for the full catalogue reference, for example AT 68, using our Quick and Advanced search forms. The Quick Search box is near the top left of the page.
What could these records help me to discover?
By interrogating the NDAD datasets for yourself, you can analyse information and statistics gathered from a wide variety of departments and subjects (health, education, housing, crime, nature).
How do I download the records
To download a dataset please follow the instructions below:
You will find that there are 3 different files types for you to access. You should find a .pdf file, multiple .csv files and multiple .html files. We advise opening the .pdf file first.
As the datasets are delivered as zip files you will need a program capable of unzipping these files. Most modern Microsoft Windows operating systems will automatically unzip files when you download them. However, Windows 95/98/2000 does not have built in zip file support. It is therefore necessary to use third party software. If you are unable to unzip the files there are numerous programs available which can do so, such as: PentaZip , PicoZip , PKZip , PowerArchiver , StuffIt and WinZip . Most programs offer a 30-day limited trial period where you can download and try the utility for free.
In order to download the .csv files within a dataset you will need to have Microsoft Excel or a spreadsheet viewer installed on your computer- you can download a spreadsheet viewer (Excel viewer), free of charge, from the Microsoft website.
You can download the Datasets listed below.
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