Data Stories-Highlighting to help local insights

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The role of Cambridgeshire Insight is to be the place to get local data. Increasingly Organisations are sharing data in order to change the way we all live and work as well as to meet requirements for Open Government. We believe strongly that transforming the availability of open data means enabling transformation of how data is used and developed. Over the last few years we have been learning that this goes much further than updating web pages and publishing datasets.

Recently we have been publishing quite a lot of data stories on our open data portal Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data. These stories help provide context to how our data is, and can be, used in our work and to help people understand the context of local data. I thought it would be worth putting a few together to highlight and to show some new thoughts about the future of data transformation and open data locally.

Twenty years of house sales 

This story focuses on the House prices and sales in the Cambridge sub region based on ONS and Land Registry information from 1995 to 2015. This is the start of publishing some key headline housing data by the local housing project and if people are interested and they are being used by the local data community use they will look at adding more. This project includes all of the districts in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury. This is exciting data as it has quite detailed sets of integrated data with long term trends showing housing volume and price.

Smarter Transport and open data

This story looks at the some of the possibilities of providing solutions to the issue of delivering more jobs and economic growth through the use of data, or "the new oil". This is through a combination of smarter mobility solutions that will look at  greater understanding of the transport network, demand mapping, more accurate information availability and looking at the ideas such as ‘Smart Parking’ and Real Time Passenger Information. These solutions will become even more important as we move more and more towards Smarter Cities and smarter Places.

Clients referred to Cambridge City Foodbank by Cambridge & District CAB 2014/15

Food banks support people in financial crisis who cannot afford to buy food and/or fuel. As Cambridge and District Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) were the largest individual referrer to Cambridge City Foodbank in 2014/15 and foodbank referrals are so significant to their work they wanted to better understand who are referring and why. In addition this research was carried out to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by the poorest households in Cambridge and, as it's the first of its kind to be published and openly available to the public, what the profile of foodbank users looks like. This data story and research shows that some households are proportionately more likely to run out of resources quicker than others when they face a crisis. These household types include single person households, Ethnic minorities, Those aged between 40 and 50 years old and homeless people.

Have you used Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data Stories or datasets in the development of a project or initiative? Did you gain any local insights that you'd like to share through a data story?

If so, we’d love to hear what you're doing so please do get in touch and we can discuss.

Hendrik Grothuis

Research Manager-Innovation, Cambridgeshire Research Group