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All of these resources have been published on the blog as we produced them, but now also gathered in one place on this page.

Finding public data for yourself (video) – 8 minute video demonstrating how to use to successfully search for public datasets.

BNgeo (website) – OCSI created a simple postcode look-up tool for Brighton post codes, created from open data sources. Allows user to paste in post codes from own data base and matches to the corresponding Super Output Area. A Super Output Area is the geographical unit used by census and government. The tool enables users to determine numbers of users in specific geographic areas, and analyse compared to other existing published datasets such as Indices of Multiple Deprivation, Job Seekers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Census data. Site is at

Demonstration (word doc) – our data analysis partners worked with local charity Amaze to show how to use the two tools above to identify data, and then analyse it to answer the research question: what is the total population of children with disabilities in Brighton & Hove, compared to those that we work with (i.e. who else could we be working with, where should we be targeting our efforts). This can also be viewed at Scribd –

How they did it (presentation) – a presentation from OCSI’s Tom Smith on how they approached the DataBridge analysis work and tips on using your own data.

View more presentations from jo_ivens

Added Jan 2012

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As we get prepared to post up the detailed ‘how to’ guides and learning tools as we finalise them in September and October, I have collated a list of resources recommended to the six groups already. This will be developed and added to as we go through autumn, and feel free to make any suggestions!

  • Finding data that is published by national government: The Data for neighbourhoods and regeneration ( service is run by OCSI on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government. This signposts all government datasets that are published at Local Authority to neighbourhood level for all areas across England, covering themes such as the economy and employment, health, education & skills, crime, and so on. The datasets are searchable by theme; keyword; geographical level; whether trend data is available; and whether equalities data is available. A video briefing for how to use Data4nr is being developed as a DataBridge output.

  • Additional datasets that may be available locally: Local partners such as BHCC also hold an enormous amount of data on local issues that is not published nationally (or published on BHLIS). A briefing note on datasets that are held locally is being developed as a DataBridge output.

  • Linking postcode data to datasets: Freely available tools exist to geocode postcodes to statistical areas such as Super Output Areas (SOAs), which can be used to link in published datasets (which are typically published for SOAs but not postcodes). These tools include the MySociety API ( and the Ordnance Survey API (

  • Incomes data at neighbourhood level is published nationally (tip, to see these datasets or search for other relevant published datasets, use the search function on the Data4nr service at Relevant datasets include:
  • Carers datasets: Carers Allowance data published at Local Authority level by DWP – The Data4nr search ( also identifies other carers datasets, including neighbourhood level from Census 2001, and Local Authority level indicators on carers receiving support services.

    National analysis of disability levels: work by Eric Emerson at Lancasteron estimating Learning Disability prevalence, downloads from

  • Sources of training and support on wider data collection, management and analysis issues:
  • Added Sept 2011

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