DATALAB TEST FILE
A test file containing false data has been created based on the Basic Longitudinal Extract (2011) microdata product and is available as a download from the Downloads tab.
The test file does not contain real data but it 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 microdata product’s structure and prepare codes/programs prior to accessing the actual microdata product in the DataLab. 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) microdata product; 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 data items in the test file will be 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 but it can also be made available in other file formats on request, if required. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.