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Hull Data Observatory goes live


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Hull City Council has launched a new website that pulls together the latest data on the city.

Named the Hull Data Observatory it has been created by the council’s insight team as a “one stop source of interactive intelligence”.

It includes information on all aspects of life in the city such as education, health, crime, population, housing and economy, along with the latest data from the People’s Panel.

The council said it enables people to pull together different sets of big data sources to create an accurate understanding of Hull.

Users can search by postcode or drill down into specific areas of data and then use a range of tools to map data across the city.

Features of the site include sections on population, housing, health and social care, economy and employment, community safety, children and young people and deprivation, all of which can be broken down by council wards.

Searches and reports

Of the two advanced tools, the data explorer makes it possible to search for specific data not available in standard profiles and reports, and the custom area reporter makes it possible to produce themed reports for geographic areas.

There are also document and map libraries, and a function to complete the latest People’s Panel survey.

Hull’s research and insight analyst, Richard Morfitt, said: “By having a centralised place to store, analyse and publish local data, the Hull Data Observatory aims to create a clearer and more joined up understanding of the city and its residents.

“Using the data observatory you can view detailed reports for the city, or for specific geographies like wards, by theme (e.g. population, deprivation, health, economy etc.).

“This new, updated website will be invaluable to a wide range of organisations, from health bodies and academics to potential investors. It is a one stop shop for all of the latest research and insights into the city and will help to shape future strategies for the growth and development of Hull.”

Image: Hull City Hall by calflier001, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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