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Open Data Communities

Open Access to Local Data

This site is the UK Department for Communities and Local Government's official Linked Open Data site.

It provides a selection of statistics on a variety of themes including Local Government finance, housing and homelessness, wellbeing, deprivation, and the department's business plan as well as supporting geographical data.

All of the data is available as fully browsable and queryable Linked Data, and the majority is free to re-use under the Open Government Licence.

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New! Stats Selector: Build your own data table, and download it in CSV format.

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Register for an API key to obtain unthrottled access to our API, analytics, and announcements about upcoming API changes.

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Getting Started with the data

Get Started by choosing a theme, and browsing from there. Each dataset has a webpage with details of its contents and how to use it.

How the data is organised

The data is browsable by type within datasets. Datasets themselves are collected into broad themes.

All data

Theme

eg: Housing

Dataset

eg: Homelessness decisions

Resource type

eg: Observation

Resource

eg: 2011 Q3, Tunbridge Wells, decision: accepted

Licensing

All of the DCLG datasets on this site are available under the terms of the Open Government Licence. We also include some other supporting datasets, notably Administrative Geography and Postcodes from Ordnance Survey. Please check the individual datasets for details.

Accessing the data

The data is provided as Linked Data, via this browsable website as well as in multiple machine-readable formats including JSON, RDF, Turtle and N-triples. The available formats are indicated at the foot of each page.

A SPARQL 1.1 endpoint is provided, and complete (zipped) downloads of each dataset are available as N-triples. See the dataset pages, like this one.

Register for an API Key

We encourage users of the API to register for an API key. You'll get unthrottled API access, analytics, and we will be able contact you with details of any upcoming API changes. Visit the registration page for more details.

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Documentation

For full details of how to programatically access the data in this site, please read our Developer Documentation.

ODI Certificate

The data on this site has been certified to pilot level by the Open Data Institute.

About

As outlined in its Open Data Strategy, the Department for Communities and Local Government is committed to routinely releasing its data outputs in fully open, accessible and re-usable forms. OpenDataCommunities is the foundation and platform to achieve this objective.

This site upgrades the previous proof-of-concept service. As at April 2013, we have introduced various key, "under the bonnet" changes including more a powerful and robust architecture, and enhanced (open source) software components. This initial release provides a solid footing for a range of exciting new data-browsing and discovery tools that we will introduce in the coming months. Full details of what's changed.

Alongside that, we will be publishing and continue to maintain an ever growing volume of new data. We want you, our users, to help shape and direct our forward plans for new tools, and new datasets. Get involved via our public Google Group or by emailing ODC@communities.gsi.gov.uk.

This section is a showcase of applications and visualisations using the data from this site. If you have something that you'd like us to feature here, please get in touch.

Use the links below to browse the featured apps:

Business Plan Indicators Dashboard

Local Authority Dashboard

Wellbeing Map Explorer

Deprivation Map Explorer

Land Registry Price Paid

Parish and Local Demography

Neighbourhood Planning


Business Plan Indicators Dashboard

Built by Swirrl

Business Plan Dashboard Screenshot

This dashboard enables users to see how the department is performing against key indicators in priority areas.

The data on the dashboard widgets and detail pages is pulled in 'live' from the OpenDataCommunities APIs. This data-driven approach means that as new data arrives for the indicators in the data store, the dashboard is automatically kept up to date.

Additionally, the dashboard widgets can be easily embedded into any website or blog by copying and pasting a little bit of JavaScript. As the widgets pull in data directly from the data store, figures will always be kept current.


Local Authority Dashboard

Built by Swirrl

Local Authority Dashboard Screenshot

The Local Authority Dashboard allows you to view a selection of the data that we hold about Local Authorities via a series of charts and maps.

You can search for a Local Authority by entering a postcode, or browse by name. For each figure, there are links to the source data point(s) in the database, from which they are derived.

The dashboard is not intended to be an authoritative or exhausive representation of the data: it provides an introduction to the types of data we hold, and additionally serves as documentation and inspiration to developers of other visualisations or applications.


Wellbeing Map Explorer

Built by Swirrl

Wellbeing Map Screenshot

The Wellbeing Map Explorer allows users to explore, on a draggable map, how people in different areas of the country rate their subjective wellbeing. For each county and unitary authority, the data was taken from the Office for National Statistics Annual Population Survey. Below county level, the likely degree of variation in wellbeing between neighbourhoods is modelled from the APS using ACORN.


Deprivation Map Explorer

Built by Swirrl

Deprivation Map Screenshot

The Deprivation Map Explorer uses the Index of Multiple Deprivation Dataset along with the LSOA boundaries to plot and colour-code the deprivation values on a draggable map.


Land Registry Price Paid

Built by Steve Peters

Land Registry Price Paid Screenshot

The Land Registry Price Paid Demonstrator draws directly on Land Registry’s LinkedData service to produce summaries of property transactions in individual Local Authorities.

This application also maps individual transactions, using grid-references for postcodes obtained in real-time from OpenDataCommunities.


Parish and Local Demography

Built by Steve Peters

Parish and Local Demography Screenshot

The Parish and Local Demography Demonstrator blends open map data from Ordnance Survey, with various statistics about small areas. Statistical sources include selected neighbourhood-level data from the 2011 Census, drawn in real-time from the NOMIS service, plus measures from DCLG’s Index of Deprivation, and Wellbeing datasets, drawn in real-time from OpenDataCommunities.


Neighbourhood Planning

Built by Steve Peters

Neighbourhood Planning Screenshot

This demonstrator provides an interactive map of local areas that are on the road to becoming established as Neighbourhood Planning Areas. The underlying dataset has been curated informally by DCLG, and will shortly (as at July 2013) be open for anyone to edit and improve.

Alongside the map, the demonstrator shows latest tweets about Neighbourhood Planning, and photographs in and around the selected area.

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