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Keeping data secure : The Integrated Data Service and the Secure Research Service

The Secure Research Service (SRS) has been providing secure access to de-identified, unpublished data for accredited researchers for over 15 years.

Led by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), it is one of the largest Trusted Research Environments (TRE) in the UK.

The Integrated Data Service (IDS) builds on this foundation but offers a significantly enhanced service.

This includes being able to:

  • exploit state of the art cloud-based infrastructure for more secure data sharing between analysts
  • offer improved processing power and scalability to provide greater insight
  • provide more streamlined arrangements that give quicker access to data, especially for government analysts
  • transform the ways data owners can share data assets
  • offer an increased range of integrated datasets that are built, linked and maintained for richer analysis

Each ONS data processing and analysis system has specific security requirements, proportional to security risk and value of assets.

Access to IDS and SRS is conditional on system-specific user, project and data approvals. User accounts and credentials are not interchangeable between systems.

We will undertake a phased transition from the SRS to the IDS. For more information in the meantime, contact (opens in a new tab) 

You can find out more about the SRS and how to access its wealth of data on the ONS website (opens in a new tab)