UK Data Service – visualising data

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new interactive data visualisation feature on UKDS.Stat, the data dissemination platform for international data at the UK Data Service. We have added a ‘Featured data’ section to the UKDS Stat homepage where we will highlight significant/topical news or events and showcase relevant international data. To launch this feature we have chosen to highlight #WorldPopulationDay which takes place on 11 July each year. The theme for this year is Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations which has the aim of raising awareness that access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right, is central to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and is a key factor in reducing poverty.

The scatterplot displayed includes two data series from the World Bank World Development Indicator dataset (April 2017 edition) – ‘Birth rate (per 1000 people) vs GDP per capita, PPP, 2015’. A link to the data visualisation can be tweeted and a link to the correct citation information is displayed. In addition, the scatterplot data can be viewed within a UKDS.Stat table and any update to the underlying dataset will be immediately reflected in the interactive data visualisation. The scatterplot is generated by extracting data via the UKDS.Stat Application Programming Interface (API) using the SDMX-JSON web service, which is then fed into an appropriate visualisation tool; it is the result of work carried out by the international data team looking at how people can use the UKDS.Stat API to access data and generate a variety of interactive visualisations. Presenting data in a visual context can help people to understand the significance of the data. As well as highlighting the data we host on UKDS.Stat, we are keen to help others to build their own visualisations using our data. We have added some information describing how to create both static data visualisations within UKDS.Stat and also how to generate interactive data visualisations from API queries and from CSV formatted data. We would love to see any data visualisations you develop, so please do let us know and remember to #citethedata.



Webinar: Guided walk through ReShare, 13 December 2016, Online 15.00-16.00 GMT


Are you an ESRC grant holder, whose grant has ended and is required to submit your research data into the ReShare repository? Are you a researcher interested in depositing data into ReShare to make them available for reuse, or as evidence for a published paper? Are you just curious to explore how publishing in ReShare happens in practice?

Join the UK Data Service interactive online webinar, where we will ‘walk’ you through the process of submitting a data collection into the ReShare repository. We will then answer any questions you may have about ReShare and depositing your data with us.

You will learn:

  • how to start the process of depositing data into ReShare
  • how to describe a data collection well (i.e. what metadata should be provided)
  • why providing detailed and accurate metadata is important
  • how to prepare and upload your data files and documentation files
  • how to decide upon the most suitable access level and licence for your data
  • how we review your data before publishing it

This is an introductory webinar. We do not expect attendees to have any experience in working with data to attend this session.

To book a place please go to