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‘Customise My Data’ – building a system that provides clear flexibility to users

The Office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and its recognised national statistical institute. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It also conducts the census in England and Wales every 10 years.

The ONS publishing team needed support to design and build a system which could provide this flexibility to users clearly, without causing any risk to the existing publishing system. We worked with ONS to define a standard format for CSV files which all statistics would be produced to meet, so that ingestion of this data could be automated. We brought in a team with skills across delivery, back and front-end development and UX.