Data and Statistics: Overview


The Library subscribes to several key databases which provide access to

  • economic and business news;
  • company, economic, and financial data from around the world;
  • data on small, medium and large UK and international business;
  • large-scale government surveys, qualitative studies and census data;
  • international macrodata and business microdata.

The Data and Statistics pages provide an overview of these databases and how to access them, including some trusted free resources available online. We also have a separate guide on market research:

Upcoming Data and Statistics events

Getting Started with Bloomberg

An introduction to the financial markets database, covering: what’s available, booking a terminal and setting up an account, how to find your way around, and how to get help.

Monday 23rd January 12-1pm
Monday 6th February 12-1pm

Bloomberg Bootcamp: certification time

An overview of the certification options provided by Bloomberg, including what they are, how you can access them. Learn about the difference between BMC and BESS (and what's become of BAT and BTS!).

Introduction to finding data and statistics

What's in...Uk Data Service

Book financial data PCs

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What is data?

Data vs statistics

Data are raw ingredients from which statistics are created. Statistics are useful when you just need a few numbers to support an argument, for example, degree holders earned an average of £12,000 a year more than non-graduates over the past decade - ONS. Statistics are usually presented in tables and charts. Statistical analysis can be performed on raw data to show relationships among the variables collected.

Aggregate/macro data vs microdata

Aggregate or Macro Data are higher-level data that have been compiled from smaller units of data. For example, the Census data that you find on UK Data Service have been aggregated to preserve the confidentiality of individual respondents. Microdata contain individual cases, usually individual people, or in the case of Census data, individual households.

Data sets and studies

In data archives like UK Data Service a data set or study is made up of the raw data file and any related files, usually the codebook and setup files. The codebook is your guide to making sense of the raw data. For survey data, the codebook usually contains the actual questionnaire and the values for the responses to each question.