Meta-data for data.gov.uk datasets

Openness rating:
Reason: Content of file appeared to be format "JSON" which receives openness score: 3.
★★★★★  Linked data - data URIs and linked to other data (e.g. RDF)
★★★★☆  Linkable data - served at URIs (e.g. RDF)
★★★☆☆  Structured data in open format (e.g. CSV)
★★☆☆☆  Structured data but proprietry format (e.g. Excel)
★☆☆☆☆  Unstructured data (e.g. PDF)
Score updated: 30/03/2015
Government

A dataset of all the meta-data for all of the datasets available through the data.gov.uk service. This is provided as a zipped CSV or JSON file.

On 12/1/2015 the organizations of the CSV was changed:

  • Before this date, each dataset was one line, and resources added as numbered columns. Since a dataset may have up to 300 resources, it ends up with 1025 columns, which is wider than many versions of Excel and Libreoffice will open. And the uncompressed size of 170Mb is more than most will deal with too. It is suggested you load it into a database, ahandle it with a python or ruby script, or use tools such as Refine or Google Fusion Tables.

  • After this date, the datasets are provided in one CSV and resources in another. On occasions that you want to join them, you can join them using the (dataset) "Name" column. These are now manageable in spreadsheet software.

You can also use the standard CKAN API if you want to search or get a small section of the data. Please respect the traffic limits in the API: http://data.gov.uk/terms-and-conditions

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Additional Information

Added to data.gov.uk 09/02/2010
Theme Government
Geographic coverage Overseas, Global, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
Update frequency As needed
Temporal granularity point
Mandate No value
Temporal coverage No value
Schema/Vocabulary No value
Code list No value
Service Level No value
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