We worked with OCSI to explore ways of making the site, Data for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration, all the more valuable to users and potential users, leading to redesign of the site. Data4nr.net brought together datasets from a range of providers including Neighbourhood Statistics, Nomis (Labour Market Statistics) and a range of government departments including DWP, CLG and the Department of Health. It organises the datasets by theme, and provides detailed metadata to enable users to locate and interpret the data they need more effectively. In addition, the Data4nr service mapped Local Information Systems and provided links to analytical tools for understanding and using datasets, as well as links to key data suppliers. The refreshed site included:
- links to national indicators and policy outcome data, as well as links to related datasets and resources
- more cross-references on related datasets, for example, to possible denominators or proxy datasets
- news items highlighting relevant material on other sites
- improved navigation and an updated interface, – while still aiming to retain the ease with which you can use the site
Its use was widely recommended for local authorities preparing Local Economic Assessments and Child Poverty Assessments.
Data4nr has since provided a platform for the Government’s Open Data initiative, Data.gov.uk.