Crime and Justice: Open Data sources

Simon Whitehouse edited this page May 30, 2013 · 8 revisions


The main registry for open data published by public services in the UK is DATA.GOV.UK

Crime and Justice data

The following links are to open data sources which are particularly relevant to the Crime and Justice series:

The Police API "allows you to retrieve information about neighbourhood areas in all 43 English & Welsh police forces and for the Police Service of Northern Ireland"

Open Data Strategies

Each department of the UK government is required to publish an Open Data Strategy.

The current strategies are for the period 2012-2015. As well as outlining the datasets they currently publish, ministries are also outlining their future plans for open data release. This sometimes includes future publication schedules which may be of interest.

Government mini-sites

The Open Justice web site has been created by the Ministry of Justice to bring together "some of the key facts and real stories about different aspects of criminal justice; including sentencing and sentences, restorative justice, prison and probation> to help members of the public make sense of the criminal justice system."

The UK Data Service "is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.

Here you will find a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international macrodata, business microdata, qualitative studies and census data from 1971 to 2011."

Local Authority open data

Some local authorities have set up open data catalogues which can contain links to data not found in DATA.GOV.UK. Examples include:

The Department for Communities and Local Government have also commissioned the Open Data Communities site. This has 76 datasets divided into six themes: housing, finance, deprivation, wellbeing, business plan and geographical data.

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