DATALAB TEST FILE
A test file containing false data has been created based on the Basic Longitudinal Extract (2011-2016 Cohorts) and is available from the Downloads tab.
The test file does not contain real data but is consistent with the structure of the actual microdata product in the DataLab. The purpose of the test file is to allow researchers to become familiar with the product’s structure and prepare codes/programs prior to accessing the actual microdata product. This preparation allows researchers to maximise the value of the time they spend in their DataLab sessions.
The test file mimics the structure of the Basic Longitudinal Extract (2011-2016 Cohorts); it contains the same data items and valid values, however, all data in the test file is false as it is created through a randomisation process. Proportions of values within the test file’s data items are similar to those in the real microdata product, but relationships between data items are intentionally not maintained. It is extremely unlikely that a record in the test file would match with a genuine record in the real microdata product.
The test file has been provided as a csv file in the Downloads tab and can also be made available in other file formats on request. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.