Services for researchers

The Bodleian Data Library provides a range of services for researchers and students at the University of Oxford who need to make secondary use of statistics and data. The initial focus is on the social sciences.

The Bodleian Data Library:

  • supports researchers and students in finding, accessing and using social science statistics and data;
  • manages the access and curation of restricted and sensitive datasets which may not be networked including data supplied by Eurostat;
  • offers a new data brokering and clearing house service for the acquisition of datasets by research centres in the Social Sciences Division;
  • provides consultancy services and highlights training opportunities;
  • alerts researchers to new sources of data.

Key contacts

For data enquiries and help please email data@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, or contact the Data Librarian direct:

portraitJohn Southall 

Bodleian Data Librarian

Email: john.southall@bodleian.ox.ac.uk 
Phone: 01865 285936 
Location: Bodleian Social Science Library

Other key data contacts

  • Expertise in business and finance data is provided by the Business Librarian, Hal Kirkwood;
  • For assistance with geospatial data, contact the GIS Librarian, Heidi Clough;
  • To report broken links, comment or make suggestions on the site please email data@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Other data services in the University

  • Research Data Oxford: provides advice on research data management;
  • ORDS: offers a service for hosting, sharing and editing relational databases;
  • ORA-Data: is a catalogue and repository for data produced by Oxford researchers.

Ask a Data librarian

Ask a data librarian if you have a question about the data collections and services of the Bodleian Libraries and are:

  • a current member of Oxford University
  • a current member of Bodleian Libraries

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Your question will be sent to the Bodleian Data Librarian who will contact you directly by email. If you have difficulty using the form, please let us know and send your enquiry to data@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Notes on the service

Ask a Data Librarian is an enquiry service provided by the Bodleian Data Library. We will respond promptly, usually within three working days (Monday to Friday), and often within 24 hours. More complex enquiries may take longer to answer where it is necessary to consult several sources and/or colleagues.

We will respond within five full working days of the receipt of an enquiry for at least 90% of correspondence, but in all cases within ten full working days of the receipt of an enquiry. Full working days are Monday to Friday except for the Easter and Christmas/New Year closure periods.

This service is provided for registered users of the Bodleian Libraries. Please note that we are not able to undertake detailed research on behalf of enquirers.

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