Online Data Sources

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Part of the aim of Connect Cathays is to identify useful measures and metrics that can help provide an evidence base for making decisions. The following list provides links to some data sources that may be helpful.


  • The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for the production of a wide range of economic and social statistics. Its Neighbourhood Statistics search facility allows you to find detailed statistics within specific geographic areas. It also offers Nomis for free access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources.
  • provides a search facility for over 8,300 datasets at a UK level.
  • The Publication Hub - a gateway to UK National Statistics, with the latest statistics released by government departments in the UK. It is the central website where the planned publication dates of new statistical data are announced in advance, with all first releases of National Statistics publications.

Welsh Government

  • The Open Data Index is a list, prepared in June 2013, of existing open data resources relating to Welsh public services.
  • Welsh Government - Statistics provides access to the underlying evidence for Welsh Government decisions and helps government and the wider community to work more effectively.
  • StatsWales - a free-to-use service that allows visitors to view, manipulate, create and download tables from the most detailed official data on Wales.
  • InfoBaseCymru gives quick and easy access to a wide range of both local and national data for Wales. It has been developed, and is supported and hosted by the Local Government Data Unit ~ Wales.
  • School Statistics is a section within the Statistical Directorate which collects and analyses a wide range of data on schools in Wales.


  • NHS Wales - Health In Wales Statistics and Data - Data on health and healthcare in Wales is produced by a number of different bodies for different purposes. This section gives access to published data either by the organisation or the type of data involved.
  • Public Health Wales Observatory - a small team within Public Health Wales. Staff are skilled in public health data analysis, evidence finding and knowledge management. The Observatory is the place where decision makers and the public can obtain useful public health information about the people of Wales.
  • Health Maps Wales - an interactive tool that can be used to explore a variety of health indicators grouped under broad categories, such as cancer, common procedures and causes of injury. The maps allow the user to explore data at their geographic area of choice (where available), to look at trends in data over time and to compare areas against local or national figures.
  • NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) PEDW Data Online - annual Patient Episode Database for Wales (PEDW) data tables are now available for download for 2001/02 to 2012/13. They consist of headline figures relating to hospital admissions (inpatient, day case and maternity admissions) in Portable Document Format (PDF); and Microsoft Excel tables containing separate analyses by diagnosis, operation, specialty, Healthcare Resource Group (HRG), of care (NHS Trusts prior to Oct 2009, Local Health Board of treatment thereafter), Local Health Board (LHB) of patient’s usual residence and regular attendance information.
  • My Local Health Service - an evolving project with scope for the publication of a wide variety of performance data and useful public health service information. The vision for My Local Health Service is to provide health care measures of success in more details on a local level. This will include information about the performance of individual services within a hospital or General Practice.


  • - Cathays data - link to Cathays crime map - one of many crime maps and other police information for the UK on this site

Food Standards Agency in Wales

Sports Wales

  • Sports Wales - Statistics Links to the latest data tables for surveys, population estimates and participation in Free Swimming.

Cardiff Partnership

Cathays Ward has been split into two parts for the Neighbourhood Management Area (NMA) reports:

  • City and South includes the Central Area of the City
  • Cardiff South East takes in the rest of Cathays

Cardiff Council

  • Cardiff Research Centre brings together a range of statistics, collected from a number of sources, about the people of Cardiff, their social, employment and economic circumstances, and the commercial and natural environment in which they live. This includes a ward profile for Cathays based on the 2011 Census. (As a result of the 2011 Census this Ediv has undergone a redesign of the LSOAs that fall within it due to the relative increase in population estimate. For the purpose of this profile the 2011 LSOA sturcture has been modelled back to 2001 LSOA Boundaries).

Cathays Ward

  • Data for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration ( identifies and signposts the datasets available for targeting, monitoring, priority setting and performance management at a neighbourhood level. This website does not hold the actual datasets, instead linking to other websites from which the data is available. All of the datasets and resources signposted from this project cover England, although many of the datasets may also cover Wales.

Middle Layer Super Output Areas

Lower Layer Super Output Areas

  • Connect Cathays LSOAs in Cathays - each LSOA has a wiki page where a collection of material is being collated to present a profile

Local History

  • A companion list of online local history data sources is available here

NewsDesks and Non-Profits

  • Guardian's Online Datastore the complete index of the hundreds of datasets published by the Guardian Datablog since it began in 2009.
  • Wales Online Datastore ‘Behind The Numbers’ is all about the explosion in ‘data’: information about Welsh hospitals and schools, crime and the way it is policed, business and sport, arts and culture.
  • Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research (WISERD) - draws together social science researchers from a number of disciplines including sociology, economics, geography, political science and many more. The Institute was established in 2008 and is based within the five Universities that make up the St David’s Day Group in Wales: Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea. The WISERD Dataportal is a web-based software application which will enhance a researcher’s ability to discover socio-economic research data, with the aim of encouraging re-use and re-purposing of existing data.

  • The Open Knowledge Foundation is a key global organisation promoting open data and is central to CKAN - the world’s leading open-source data portal platform

  • mySociety - a charitable project which builds websites that give people simple, tangible benefits in the civic and community aspects of their lives. It also aims to teach the public and voluntary sectors, through demonstration, how to use the internet most efficiently to improve lives.
  • Population Insight is a lightweight web-based GIS powered information system that provides vital information on demographic change in communities, drawing on Census 2011 data published in January 2013. It's based on HACT and OCSI's successful Community Insight platform, which was launced during 2012 and is now used by housing providers with a total stock in management of over 400,000 units.

  • The Poverty Site - This has not been maintained since late 2011, but is still useful. This site monitored what was happening to poverty and social exclusion in the UK. The material is organised around 100 statistical indicators covering all aspects of the subject, from income and work to health and education.