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The Data Catalogue

What is the Data Catalogue?

The Data Catalogue is a resource designed to improve understanding of data sources. It will ultimately lead to higher quality and consistent analysis and advice across departments. The Data Catalogue was an initiative led by the Department for Exiting the European Union (EU). It was primarily focused on analysts working on the future relationship with the EU. Yet, it has wider applicability in improving the way we use data across government.

The Data Catalogue covers over 80 key data sources. For each source the catalogue includes a short document describing the data. This includes key characteristics such as what the data tells us, strengths and limitations and common errors when using the data. The catalogue covers trade, investment, economic indicators, tariffs, labour market, population and mobility. Flow charts have also been produced for key themes. The flowcharts set out how relevant data sources relate to each other. They provide users with signposting on suggested data sources to use in different scenarios.

The Data Catalogue is being hosted by the Department for International Trade (DIT).

How to access the Data Catalogue

To access the Data Catalogue, get in touch with the Data Catalogue champion in your department. Please also provide any feedback on the catalogue to your champion. This is not a finished product but a resource that will be updated and developed over time. If your department is not listed then please contact statistics@trade.gov.uk.

Data Catalogue champions

Department Department acronymName 
Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyBEISRay Rusike 
Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyBEISLawrence Ajibola 
Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyBEISBrian Stockdale 
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and SportDCMSRishi Vaidya 
Department for Exiting the European UnionDExEUJane Naylor 
Department for Exiting the European UnionDExEUAmelia Ash 
Department for Exiting the European UnionDExEUArjun Kharbanda 
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs DefraHacer Bickerton 
Department for TransportDfTDelphine Robineau 
Department for TransportDfTGiuseppe Sollazzo 
Department for TransportDfTAmra Adam 
Department for International TradeDITPeter Antoniades 
Department for International TradeDITWei Wang 
HM Revenue and CustomsHMRCDani Bega 
HM Revenue and CustomsHMRCKevin Sams 
HM TreasuryHMTJordan Frimpong 
Home Office HODaniel Sellman 
Office for National StatisticsONSChloe Gibbs 
Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeFCOAnna Woolf