Exporting Baskets


Once you have finished building and editing your basket and want to export it, click on ‘download basket’ from the baskets menu.


download a basket in XML format


You will see a list of your baskets, so select ‘yes’ to export the correct basket in XML format. This will generate an .xml file of your variable basket, which you should keep for your records.


If you have not yet submitted your data access application, please include the XML file along with your application paperwork, for consideration by the relevant NSHD committee.

If you already have an approved NSHD data application linked to your basket, the data sharing and confidentiality paperwork has been completed, and you have successfully undertaken and sent proof of your data security training (if required), you should send the XML file to the LHA to notify us of your requested dataset.

LHA staff will review your basket contents and may make recommendations or changes to your basket based on your research proposal and the suitability of the variables you have chosen.

Following approval of your basket, the dataset will be prepared and sent to you via the UCL dropbox facility as an encrypted, zipped file. You will need 7zip to extract the file.

  • 7zip is a free, open source program to extract compressed files. It is widely-used and compatible with most modern computers, however you download it at your own risk and LHA accepts no responsibility for any IT issues caused by this software.

You must supply us with an alternative email address, or your mobile number, to which the decryption password will be sent separately for security purposes.


We aim to supply datasets within 10 working days of final application approval and basket notification. Full details of how to open and access your dataset can be found here.

N.B. LHA staff reserve the right to edit the contents of any basket prior to approval and delivery. If you are unhappy with any changes made to your basket, please email us in the first instance.

A flow diagram of the full data sharing process may help to streamline your application.