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Statswales (UK0083)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: United Kingdom – Third National Action Plan 2016-18

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Welsh Government

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Local Commitments, Open Data

IRM Review

IRM Report: United Kingdom End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, United Kingdom Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Major Major

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Commitment text: Develop StatsWales, the Welsh Government’s online repository for
detailed statistical data, to increase its openness rating to 4*.
Objective: To increase the openness and amount of structured data that is published by Welsh
Government and other public sector bodies.
Status quo: Only a subset of data about Wales held by Welsh Government and other public
sector partners is currently published. Whilst StatsWales publishes structured data openly there is a
need to increase its openness rating.
Ambition: Through this commitment we will improve the openness of data published by Welsh
Government, enabling our data to be freely shared and used by others.
Milestones:
1. StatsWales data published in machine readable format June 2016 (ongoing)
2. StatsWales guidance and training videos prepared and published Nov 2016 – Dec
3. Accreditation of StatsWales carried out successfully
4. StatsWales training material prepared and delivered

IRM End of Term Status Summary

3. StatsWales (Wales)

Commitment text:Develop StatsWales, the Welsh Government's online repository for detailed statistical data, to increase its openness rating to 4*.

Objective:To increase the openness and amount of structured data that is published by Welsh Government and other public sector bodies.

Status quo:Only a subset of data about Wales held by Welsh Government and other public sector partners is currently published. Whilst StatsWales publishes structured data openly there is a need to increase its openness rating.

Ambition:Through this commitment we will improve the openness of data published by Welsh Government, enabling our data to be freely shared and used by others.

Milestones:

1. StatsWales data published in machine readable format June 2016 (ongoing)

2. StatsWales guidance and training videos prepared and published Nov 2016 – Dec

3. Accreditation of StatsWales carried out successfully

4. StatsWales training material prepared and delivered

Responsible institution: Welsh Government

Supporting institution(s): N/A

Start date: March 2016

End date: December 2017

Commitment Aim:

This commitment aimed to develop StatsWales, the main data portal in Wales, and increase the quality of its data to a 4-star data rating, which means data is linked (i.e. connected to other data) and served at URIs that work as locators for information on the web.[Note 192: 5stardata.info, ‘5 Star Data', http://5stardata.info/en/ ] It also included the creation of training material and guidance. The milestones were highly specific as to what the outcomes will be - though they appeared to overlap with Commitment 2, while milestones 2 and 4 appear to overlap.

The commitment could lead to higher quality data, uniformly consistent and easier to find, possible to use and match with other data. However, the new functionalities would require some level of expertise from users, which could undermine the usability of the data for the public.

Status

Midterm: Substantial

According to the Welsh government the commitment was on schedule to be completed. The IRM researcher found all the data on the site to be machine-readable (available as xl or comma separated value).[Note 193: IRM search on Stats Wales, 27 September 2017.] StatsWales also has a series of training materials on how to use and analyse the data on the site (both the data itself and the meta-data) with more planned.[Note 194: Interview with Rhiannon Caunt, Welsh Government, 6 September 2017. Stats Wales ‘Help', https://statswales.gov.wales/Help/Index ] The accreditation is also linked to Commitment 2 on an Open Data Catalogue, and so awaits resources and action from elsewhere.[Note 195: Interview with Rhiannon Caunt, Welsh Government, 6 September 2017.]

End of term: Substantial

By the final update of 2018, all data on Stats Wales had been made machine readable, and guidance material had been placed on the website, including a video to help users download data.[Note 196: Welsh Government (2018), Third UK Open Government, national action plan 2016-2018, Welsh Government End of Term Self-Assessment Report, October 2018, https://www.opengovernment.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Office-of-the-Chief-Digital-Officer-NAP-3-Open-Government-National-Action-Plan-2016-2018-Final-Assessment.pdf; map creator in beta, http://lle/gov/wales/map%5D The only outstanding work was to examine whether there could be automatic accreditation for data published, which the government was continuing to look into and remained ‘ongoing'.

Did It Open Government?

Access to Information: Major

The commitment aimed at publishing more data while also ensuring that what was published was structured (and could be used for analysis). The government created a marginal improvement in access to information by publishing new data across 18 different areas, from tourism to tax and the Welsh Language. The data has also contributed to the new future generations' measurements (see commitments 8 and 9).[Note 197: Welsh Government (2017), Well-being Report, https://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/well-being-wales/?lang=en ] The updates to make all data machine readable ensured that all the data were structured, so users could innovate with it.

Carried Forward?

This commitment was not carried forward.


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