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UK Data Service launches new Impact Blog

Article dated: 6 February 2015

We are delighted to announce the launch of the UK Data Service blog: The Data Impact Blog, which is a hub for academics, communities, policy-makers, government and anyone interested in maximising the impact of social, population and economic data in research and policy.

The Data Impact Blog aims to encourage debate and act as a forum to share best practice, keeping the data impact community up to date with news, events and the latest data-driven impactful research and policy making.

The blog also demonstrates the impact of the UK Data Service in widening access to data, with posts on the benefits of the use of data we hold. Read Matthew Woollard’s Welcome Blog. Here, the Director of the UK Data Service presents two very different examples of how the Service develops its impact.

See, among other blog posts, what our in-house experts and guest contributors have to say on open data and the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Innovation Fund projects, a range of exciting developments which include the creation of an open data and crowdsourcing project to generate innovative apps; a library of interactive tools to allow users/owners to create their own infographics; a tool designed to take the mystery out of how confidential data are anonymised and an open-source census data extraction and visualisation tool. Louise Corti, Associate Director of the UK Data Service, examines these four exciting projects - we will be publishing regular blog updates so watch this space and contribute to the discussion!

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