The ESRC Data Research Centre for Smart Analytics is a collaborative project between the Universities of Essex (lead partner), East Anglia, and Kent; its objectives are to  provide a facility where Big Data from businesses and local government are structured, stored and matched to produce new (and more granular) information.

It will develop partnerships across the business and local government sectors to negotiate access to their data and create a wide ranging data resource for social scientific research and  give social scientists, local authorities and businesses a secure point of access to sensitive Big Data and expertise and support in using those data.  The Centre will create methodological advances for the analysis of Big Data as well as an innovative, substantive and inter-disciplinary research programme on smart, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth.

Finally it will provide training and support to new researchers, businesses and local authorities while setting up a knowledge exchange programme with businesses and local authorities.