Better statistics, better decisions: Increasing the visibility of official statistical data


Using data to add insight and develop understanding isn’t new - we’ve been doing it since time began. In the UK, our vast amount of official data contain high quality facts and figures which give life to our society and its economy. However, as the web of data gets bigger and users more sophisticated, users are inundated with information from a myriad of sources. Data journalism can be the key to unlocking the potential of data, by investigating and interpreting the stories within this cluttered world. What data-producing organisations still struggle with is ensuring users find the information they need quickly and easily.

With that challenge in mind, we have started some discovery work to better understand the landscape of official data across government. This project aims to investigate the possibility of bringing together all available datasets from dozens of government organisations into one complete registry. The project will also look at the feasibility of producing data in well-structured open data formats to allow for machine-to-machine transactions, that can help develop new web services and applications.

To help us, we want to know how you as a data journalist look for, find, and use data, and what would make this easier for you. We’ve devised a small survey to capture your thoughts (only 13 questions!) and we’d really appreciate your help. Any feedback we receive allows us to take the needs of data journalists into account in our final recommendations report. The survey will close in 2 weeks on 16 March 2017.

If you’d like more information on the project, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Participate in the survey here.

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