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DLUHC plans new data sharing service for social housing

18/01/22
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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has outlined plans for a new data sharing service on lettings and sales of social housing.

The service – which will retain the name CORE from its predecessor – is currently in beta build phase after it passed an alpha digital service assessment in September of last year.

A DLUHC blogpost said the new service will allow housing officers and managers in local authorities and housing associations to carry out three processes: logging individual instances of lettings and sales by answering questions; uploading data about multiple sales and lettings using a CSV template; and transferring data via APIs.

These are aimed at providing a more usable and accessible service to meet the changing needs of the data providers and DLUHC analysts.

Changes include moving from document based to JSON schema led data collections, which supports the automated building of forms, and the use of a form building based on components from the Department for Education’s front end libraries.

The team is also aiming to include smarter routing and the inferring of answers to questions wherever possible.

All of the code for the service is available on GitHub.

The DLUHC project team said it is keen to hear from local authorities and housing associations that want to get access to the new CORE during its beta phase.

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