Can I get hold of the data? Where can I find out more?
The LBC study data have been the subject of many internal (within the University of Edinburgh) and external collaborations, which are encouraged. Those who have interests in outcomes other than cognitive domains are particularly encouraged to collaborate.
The current procedure for those who wish to work with the data is initially to email Professor Ian Deary to ask for an ‘LBC Data Request Form’. Both LBC studies have clear data dictionaries which help researchers to discern whether the variables they wish to use are present; these provide a simple short title for each variable, alongside a long, common-sense description of each variable. The process is facilitated by a full-time LBC database manager. Such proposals, when approved, are conducted in collaboration with appropriate members of the LBC study team.