StatsWales is the key website to visit for statistics on Wales. A new version of the site, StatsWales ‘Beta’, has been launched with a full launch planned for Monday 3rd December.
New features include:
- improved search capability
- enhanced charting
- direct URI access to data catalogue and reports
- better sharing of reports including those personally tailored/configured
- additional direct data access formats
- more powerful personalisation
- support for legacy links
The old platform will be available until December 31st
While data is being transferred to the new system access to both the new and the old services will be provided as follows:
https://statswales.wales.gov.uk – will link to the new system
http://statswales1.wales.gov.uk – link to the old StatsWales system will work until 31st December
http://statswales.wales.gov.uk – will point to the actual current system in use during this transition period
A video tutorial on the new system is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a08s26rDM1g
When looking for UK official statistics many of us immediately think of http://www.statistics.gov.uk/. If you are looking for data on Wales, though, you really should be heading for the Welsh Assembly’s StatsWales at http://statswales.wales.gov.uk/. This is a free-to-use service that allows you to “view, manipulate, create and download tables from the most detailed official data on Wales”. You can run a keyword search on the data or simply browse the Reports folders.
The built in search option may be your best bet (Note: Google ‘site:’ search does not work on this data collection). Most of the tables, charts and reports are clearly labelled but there are some sections where all you are told is that the data is “Indicator 9a” or “Indicator 12c”, for example. It is only when you click on the file that you discover it’s contents.
You can also select subsets of the data and produce your own tables and charts. If you register you can create your own profile, design and save your reports.
There are many options for viewing and manipulating the data on the web site itself and it can seem overwhelming at times. You may prefer to just download the data sets and work on them offline, but if you think you might be a regular user of the this site it is worth working through the tutorials and getting to grips with the StatsWales tools. You can register for e-mail notifications of changes to specific datasets and RSS feeds are also available to alert you to new sets that have been added to the site.