Welcome to the improved data.gov.uk. We have made some considerable changes to the interface on the site, mainly to facilitate discovery, make the site responsive to mobile devices such as tablets and phones and provide hopefully a more elegant experience.
The menu has been redesigned to highlight the key areas our visitors tend to frequent, data being of course the key one.
We have four top options covering the home page, the data catalogue, our apps showcase and the interaction spaces. Clicking on any of them except ‘home’ will provide you with a sub menu where you choose your destination, only the ‘home’ item will take you to a page, the other top items server as a container for destinations, only clicking on one of the sub items will actually navigate away from where you are on the site to your choice.
The interaction space takes over the old participate section of the site and groups those aspects of the site geared towards engagement and conversation such as forums, our documents and guidance library and blogs, as well as some key thematic sections such as linked data and Location. As we add new thematic sections they will appear here.
On the top right corner is the login/logout/profile or ‘user’ button and a data search box, you can now search for data from anywhere on the site. Each area under ‘interact’ has its own search now so content search is area based, not side wide. Only searching for data, our primary purpose, is available across the site. If you want to logout just click on the ‘user’ button.
There is now a small ‘breadcrumb’ line under the top menu which should help you find your way back. It is a beta aspect of the new design and we are still working on it but it can be handy.
The new search page
This is one of the areas where we have made big changes, hopefully for the better (we like to think so). We have provided you with a secondary search bard for data besides the top one, as it may be easier to just click on the right to change your search terms than go all the way to the top. You can also use the map search service from this right-hand side search.
New search facets
On the right-hand side you can refine your search results in very powerful ways. We have three new facets for you. The first one allows you to refine your search result by showing only datasets that are publicly available or datasets that have not yet been made public but are held by departments (unpublished)
You can also show only those datasets that are part of the National Information Infrastructure or hide those to see all datasets not part of it.
The third new facet is themes, currently shown as a beta. We have taken our basic thematic structure, which all publishers have to follow when uploading to data.gov.uk and allowed you to filter your results by each of them. Themes is an area that we are still exploring and this is just our first dash at it.
The results side of the search page is pretty much self-explanatory, you can see the dataset title, the publisher, as brief description, the theme it falls under when provided, file formats available, if the dataset is part of the NII and in the case of maps, the ability to preview it or add it to the preview basket so you can aggregate with others to view.
The dataset page
Once you select a dataset to view, you will be able to see the usual details such as title, publisher, license, 5 star rating, theme and description. Each resource is shown in its own badge and clicking on the right side of the badge gives you the option to preview the file, download it or download a cache version (on this option a tooltip message when moving the mouse over it will tell you the cache date).
On the top right of the dataset page you will find the action icons, which allow you from left to right, to check contact details for the publisher of the dataset, obtain API/Json details for dataset and to see revision version for the dataset.
The publisher pages
Clicking on a publisher’s name anywhere on the site will take you to that publisher’s landing page on data.gov.uk. This page provides information on the publisher and a list of their most popular datasets (based on site views), it also allows you to search this publisher and/or all of its sub-publishers (such as agencies and other bodies)
It also provides you with some powerful new tools accessible from the top right icon action menu.
The first icon is the familiar contact details function. The second item provides you with a view of the publisher and its hierarchy.
The third one is the reporting tool, providing several new reports on each department’s publication commitments, broken links on data.gov.uk and others. The last icon allows you to trigger an RSS subscription to that publisher’s data on data.gov.uk.
That covers the main changes we have made to the site. Some of the new options are in beta, so please bear with us while we continue to improve them.