Research Data Scotland (RDS) brings together expertise, resources and capabilities from a range of existing data-led programmes across the Scottish public sector. Their vision is to promote and advance health and social wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to public sector data about people, places and businesses.

Working as a partnership between Scottish Government, Scotland’s leading academic institutions and public bodies, Research Data Scotland coordinate and simplify the process of accessing multiple datasets and help researchers and analysts to support policy decisions that improve the everyday lives of people in Scotland. Their approach ensures transparency about who is requesting data, which datasets and for what purpose and is an important component in maintaining public trust.