National digital archive of datasets (NDAD)
The National Digital Archive of Datasets (NDAD) is made of "databases which have become the record-keeping method of choice for many departments in central UK government, and 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.... The data remains in the legal custody of The National Archives, but is managed by the University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) ." "NDAD preserves this important data from the ravages of time and technology, and makes it freely available on the web. By interrogating NDAD's datasets for yourself, one can analyse information and statistics gathered from a wide variety of departments and subjects (health, education, housing, crime, nature)." "The Digital Preservation Department at The National Archives archives preserves government electronic records. The Records Management Department at the National Archives works with Departmental Records Officers in central government departments and other public bodies to select and transfer records to NDAD." Accessing data and documentation ? "To start browsing the hierarchy of Finding Aids or to go straight to the data, select Browse, and choose the department or Series that interests from the list with a summary page containing links to explanatory Finding Aids, and to more detailed levels of description. It is also possible to try our the search tools. These include free-text searching of the Finding Aids, a thesaurus-based subject index, and an index of personal, corporate and place names. Everyone can access the online Finding Aids, data and documentation in this site. However, by registering one can also benefit from extra features such as saving data table display settings and queries, and a more rapid ordering service."

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