Data Controllers & Datasets

Directories & Datasets

The data controller is the “natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data” (Article 4.7 of the General Data Protection Regulation).

There are three main data controllers in Scotland. Those are, National Records of Scotland, who hold vital events and census data; Public Health Scotland, who hold health and care data sets; and the Scottish Government, who hold data across a number of domains including health, education justice etc. Other data controllers include regional controllers, local authorities, UK controllers etc.

National Records of Scotland

Public Health Scotland

Scottish Government

Interactive PDF

The interactive PDF below has a list of some of the main datasets held by these data controllers, each with links to more information about that specific dataset. Note that this list is not exhaustive and not all data sets can necessarily be linked to one another.

More Information

Find more detailed information

You can also find more detailed information including data dictionaries about some specific datasets that are commonly requested from eDRIS by clicking on links below:

Hospital inpatients and day cases (SMR01)

Scottish Cancer Registry (SMR06)

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