The WISERD DataPortal

14 November 2016

The WISERD DataPortal is a web application that can help you map data relating to Wales. It has been developed by the Wales Institute of Social Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD) in partnership with the National Assembly for Wales Research Service.

Screenshot of the WISERD DataPortal Assembly interface

What does the WISERD DataPortal do?

Access key datasets

The National Assembly for Wales interface displays key datasets by Assembly Constituency and Region. The datasets available include the results of Welsh Assembly elections and data relating to population, the economy, education, health, housing and accessibility.

The National Assembly for Wales interface is fully bilingual and can be accessed here.

Search and map data from data services

The Remote Data function allows users to map data provided by the Office for National Statistics and the Welsh Government through data services. Data such as labour market statistics, Census data and the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) can be searched and mapped by a range of geographies.

Geographic boundaries, points of interest (such as the locations of public services) and environmental datasets, made available by the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales, can also be mapped through the DataPortal.

Mapping your own data

As well as accessing secondary data users can map their own data, held in spreadsheets on their local machine, using the WISERD DataPortal. Data relating to areas of Wales such as Local Authorities, Assembly Constituencies, Assembly Regions and postcode points can all be mapped. This function has been specifically designed so that all the mapping occurs inside the user’s browser, rather than on the WISERD DataPortal’s server. This means that potentially sensitive data does not leave the user’s machine.

Meta-data Search

In addition to the data mapping functions the WISERD DataPortal allows users to search and discover standards compliant meta-data relating to a wide range of questionnaire surveys undertaken by government and other organisations. This function hopes to encourage the reuse of existing survey data.

More information about the WISERD DataPortal is available here.

What is WISERD?

The Wales Institute of Social Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD) is a collaborative venture between the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea. More information about the research institute can be found here.