What is Open data?

Open data is a way of providing access to information contained on this website in a format that is useful for researchers, journalists and developers, as well as any other members of the public who would like to analyse the Catalogue contents themselves.

The information provided as Open data for the Hillsborough Disclosure website consists of a downloadable list of the disclosed documents and supporting information such as title, description and date(s).

Why are we providing it?

By providing data in this format we are enabling people to analyse the information disclosed more thoroughly, for example by creating their own spreadsheets or databases of the disclosed documents.
We hope that this helps people explore and understand the information available in the catalogue. More information on the UK Government’s drive for Open data can be found at www.data.gov.uk.

Formats available

The data is available in two different formats:

  • A CSV file (CSV stands for 'Comma Separated Values') contains table entries in text format, separated by commas.  Spreadsheet programmes such as MS Excel can be used to open CSV files, making this downloadable option a good choice for most people.
  • An XML file. XML is commonly used in web-related IT applications and may be the preferred option for more 'technical' users. 

Further information

For an explanation of the contents of the XML and CSV files provided, please click on the link to the Taxonomy page which can be found here and on the right hand side of this page.

If you would like to know more about the Open data provided on this site, or if you have a comment on it please contact the Editor in chief.