Data access

Regulations for access are as follows:

i. All requests for access must be made through the Database Steering Committee in order to ensure that the proposed use of the data conforms to accepted scientific standards in terms of methodology, confidentiality and ethics.

ii. Access will only be available to applicants who, in the opinion of the Committee, are bona fide research workers. The Committee will advise whether Research Ethics Committee approval is required prior to granting access to data. Applicants will be required to complete and sign the application form and, if necessary, forward a copy of their letter of approval from the Ethics Committee.

iii. Copies of the complete dataset even without identifiable items will only be supplied under exceptional circumstances.

iv. Data will usually be provided on requested items in an extract file on disk or sent via electronic mail. Such an extract file will not include identifiable data. When an applicant for data has provided identification data, the extract file will contain the requestor's identifiers and the additional items requested from the Databank. Such files will be encrypted. No data can be transferred to a third party without written permission from the Steering Committee. The data can only be used for the specified project. The Steering Committee may request that copies of data are destroyed once analyses are complete.

v. Processing and use of data must comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act (1998). All applicants will be required to forward any relevant papers using the supplied data to the Database Steering Committee prior to submission for publication in order to ensure factual accuracy and correct interpretation of the material and to ensure appropriate acknowledgement to the Database Investigators.

vi. The Database Steering Committee, as far as possible, will encourage collaborative research with one or more members or designated colleagues in order to facilitate accurate use and interpretation of the data.

vii. Charges for supplying data will depend on several factors:

  • origin of the request
  • whether there has been a previous extraction for the same project
  • the complexity of the extraction requested

Request Forms

Data request forms are available as a Word file. Click on the link, save the file to your PC, then either print it and complete it or e-mail an electronic copy.

For details of the data available please click here

All enquiries and completed application forms should be addressed to:

Dr Chris McNeil
Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre
Lilian Sutton Building
University of Aberdeen
Foresterhill
ABERDEEN AB25 2ZD

Tel: 01224 438353
Email: c.mcneil@abdn.ac.uk