Topics within NSHD

Standard topic baskets


At the bottom of each topic page you will find a link to a 'standard topic basket'. This is a pre-selected basket of variables on that topic that you can view the metadata and download the XML file of, without having to log onto Skylark to manually create, edit and save your basket of variables.

For example, if you were interested in birth weight and exercise you could just view the 'Anthropometry' and 'Physical Activity' standard baskets, and if you are happy with the contents, when you fill in the data access application form and it asks which variables you need, just write “Anthropometry and Physical Activity standard baskets”.

However, please note that the standard baskets are not an exhaustive list of everything we hold on a topic, or necessarily contain the variables that are best for you.
They are generally summary variables, and have been chosen based on previous usage and popularity.

To explore all the variables the NSHD has to offer, you must use Skylark.

You can also search and load a standard topic basket in Skylark, and use that as a starting point to manually edit your basket.