Bespoke Data Access Requests – Covid-19 Update

April 2, 2020 by No Comments | Category Uncategorized

In light of the extraordinary situation we are now in, in relation to COVID-19 and given the challenges we are all facing, this is an update on our contingency arrangements. As our analytical staff are supporting mission-critical work with other colleagues across government, we have had to make some difficult decisions in relation to current data access arrangements.

Due to the current increased pressures, we are not accepting any new bespoke data access requests for Scottish Government datasets or NRS census data, unless directly COVID-19 related. This will include variations (amendments) to existing data access permissions which have already been granted. We will review the situation over the course of the current public health emergency in light of Government advice and public health guidance.

We want to continue to support research, and those bespoke requests we received before 5pm on 24th of March will be reviewed and considered as normal, although please bear with us, as it may take longer than usual to reply to you. If your project is being handled by eDRIS, please also contact your research co-ordinator and refer to the eDRIS service users’ update of 19 March 2020.

Our data is still accessible via the Open Data Platform: or in over the one hundred bulletins we publish each year, most of which include data that can be downloaded.

For further details please see our full 24 March statement.

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