Data Resource Profile: Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER)

Andrew Boyd, Lynn Molloy

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Profile in a nutshell
CLOSER is a collaboration of multiple British longitudinal studies, as well as the UK Data Service and British Library. This consortium has been established to encourage improvements in the quality of longitudinal research, the data collected in such research and the impact of its findings.

Drawing upon questionnaire, interview and clinical sample data from seven UK or Britain-based cohort studies and one UK household panel study, CLOSER has developed a range of resources and tools to help facilitate the work of epidemiological and other researchers.

CLOSER has developed a searchable metadata repository that offers detailed documentation on the data collected across these longitudinal studies, aiding data discoverability [].

CLOSER has also coordinated a series of work packages on the harmonization and linkage of longitudinal study data, covering a range of demographic, socioeconomic, educational and health domains. Datasets and learning tools have been developed as part of this work, and these resources are made available to researchers and practitioners via the CLOSER website [] and the UK Data Service [ sn=2000111].
Original languageEnglish
Article numberdyz004
Pages (from-to)675-676i
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Epidemiology
Issue number3
Early online date20 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

Structured keywords

  • Bristol Population Health Science Institute


  • metadata
  • socioeconomic factors
  • cross trial
  • datasets

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