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If you’ve got something to say that deals with London data, Smart city issues, or an event involving London, the Datastore blog is a great place to get your message across.

So if you’ve a point to make about open city data or an idea around which you want to start some creative thinking, get in touch.

And if you do feel shy about coming forward, we know who you are and we’ll be sure to come knocking anyway.

– The City Data Team

Digital Transformation: Bringing the Census into the 21st Century

The census is the largest collection of socio-demographic statistics on the nation’s population. It occurs every ten year and provides not only a population count of England and Wales, but also detailed characteristics and attributes at small geography levels that government and non-government organisations utilise to underpin their decision making process. In a move to … Read More »

Using household-level data to understand the drivers of poverty in the capital

Policy in Practice are embarking on an ambitious project to track over half a million low-income households in London to understand how they are impacted by welfare reforms and other government policies over the course of almost two years. Using councils’ anonymised household level data, the project ‘Low-income Londoners and Welfare Reform’ will track the … Read More »

Introducing the new online job postings data for London: FAQ

The London Datastore is piloting a new job postings dataset. This blog introduces the dataset and answers potential questions relating to its source, scope and quality. The data provides detailed information on the skills employers are looking for, the roles they’re seeking to fill, and the employment package they have on offer. We hope it … Read More »

LODA Pilot Update

In June this year the GLA’s Intelligence Unit began working with Nesta on the pilot for the London Office for Data Analytics (LODA). As the year draws to a close, this post provides an update on the key milestones we have already achieved and looks forward to some of the next steps being taken in … Read More »

Redeveloping the GLA’s modelling framework

For over 40 years the GLA, and its predecessors, have produced population projections for London and the boroughs. These projections form the foundation of much of the GLA’s strategic planning and help to shape a wide range of policy decisions. The projection models themselves are continually evolving as new data and methods are incorporated into … Read More »

Organising and Mobilising for Change: Observations and Lessons from America’s leading Data Cities

Last week I attended a gathering of the Civic Analytics Network.  This was an incredibly useful and hard-working event, supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. This quick report sets out a series of observations and reactions.  If you are interested in increasing data and digital capabilities … Read More »

The GLA’s data science journey

Over the past couple of years the Greater London Authority has been developing its data science capacity. This blog post aims to give a brief snapshot of where we are and where we are headed, in terms of skills, organisation and infrastructure. Skills The Intelligence Unit at the GLA comprises a number of teams with … Read More »

School rolls projection: moving foRward

2016 has seen some big changes in our school roll projections service with the development of a new projection model which has been written in the statistical programming language R, allowing us to harness R’s power to make use of much bigger datasets and a more complex model. Every year the GLA intelligence unit produces … Read More »