From 4 August 2009 the UK Data Archive/ESDS will be using federated access management user authentication.
If, from 4 August, you wish to continue using UK Data Archive/ESDS resources, you will need to use this username and password:

Username=ukdn03095507 Password=65*jI*ZL

These will provide you with access to your current UK Data Archive/ESDS account.
When you log in you will be directed to a list of organisations which is maintained by the UK Access Management Federation.
Choose 'UK Data Archive' from this list. Then, on the next web page, enter the username and password at the end of this email.
If you require any further information please contact the Support Services team at

Use the Data Catalogue to find and access data. See Major studies for access to our most popular datasets including the datasets supported by the specialist ESDS services:

ESDS Government - large-scale government surveys
ESDS International - multi-nation aggregate databanks (available to users at institutes of UK higher or further education only) and survey data (some restricted to UK users only)
ESDS Longitudinal - major UK surveys following individuals over time
ESDS Qualidata - a range of multimedia qualitative data sources

If you are a user from an institute of UK higher or further education your account also entitles you to access data via the
There are a number of JISCmail lists established to keep users in touch with news and activities, and to support the ESDS specialist data services. See Join mail list.
Also see UK Databytes to view online the quarterly newsletter of the ESDS. To request paper copies, email:

UK Data Archive, a service provider of the Economic and Social Data Service
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Tel: +44 (0) 1206 872143
Fax: +44 (0) 1206 872003