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Demystifying the Best Practice and Impact team (BPI): my secondment experience

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Why did I participate? When I learnt about this two-week secondment opportunity with the BPI team around the corner (literally!), I wanted to join almost instantly. Before this experience, I had a vague idea of the division’s functions and its place in the organisational structure at the Office for National Statistics. I decided that a […]

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Launch of the Data Catalogue

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A cross government initiative led by the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has launched a Data Catalogue. This covers a wide range of data sources related to EU exit such as trade, tariffs, population and mobility. The aim of the catalogue is to ensure that data sources are used effectively and consistently across […]

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Putting users at the heart of official statistics – help us to help you to help them!

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As producers of statistics, users should be central to everything we do. Whether they’re policymakers, academic researchers or simply inquiring citizens, we need to make sure that our statistics are relevant to user needs. This isn’t always easy, though. We often find ourselves caught on a treadmill of producing the same outputs to the same […]

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What I learned on secondment to regional devolved government

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One of my favourite features of the statistical fast stream is the opportunity for a six-month secondment outside the Civil Service. My recent experience in the West of England Combined Authority exposed me to local government, policy development, and a whole new range of colleagues. While there I built my experience in policy, learned how […]

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It’s a kind of magic…

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The Connected Open Government Statistics (COGS) project will do some amazing things to bring data together from across the GSS. But the project doesn’t have magical fairies that sprinkle Python dust over all the spreadsheets to transform them into Tidy Data. To take our existing outputs and make them 5* Linked Open Data takes a […]

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Don’t Stop Believin’

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The Connected Open Government Statistics (COGS), GSS Data project in old money, has started its new ‘Journey’ this month and we wanted to update on what has happened and what we are doing over the next few months. We fought hard over the Summer to ensure the project continues and, although it was tough we’ve […]

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