Weeknotes #23, May 12th, 2023

Another short week, but as ever, the team has packed a lot in!

Stuart and Giles spent some time reviewing our visualisation library. We're getting close to a stable library, with some internal refactoring and a final consistency review between us and a version one release. You can take a look at the documentation and samples on the OI Lume Charts site. Christian has already started building the backlog for the next visualisation types by suggesting a few new visualisation types. We will, of course, get him to capture these suggestions as issues in the GitHub repo, as we've begun integrating this work into the sprint process.

Giles, Taz, Michelle and Luke have progressing the Youth Futures Foundation data site, following up on the feedback that we received on the session last week. We've make a start on the top-level dashboard presenting the key measures of interest to YFF, and are in the process of reviewing the pipelines to make sure we're handling the data cleanly. We've so far written up the QLFS and NEET pipelines, and will do the same for the CPI and vacancies data extracts.

This week also saw a minor, but we think important, update to the LEEDS 2023 microsite. This site is becoming very data rich, presenting a wealth of useful data insights that the team at LEEDS 2023 make regular use of. As a result, a lot of the pages have become rather regimented grids. This is a bit boring visually, so we had a bit of a play and came up with a masonry grid layout. This has three major benefits: it's less boring, larger numbers can take up more space if needed, and the dreaded "last row orphan" is no more. Let us know what you think.

Christian, Giles and Luke had a productive virtual kick-off with JRF, where they discussed the core themes and aims of the project and set out their working practices. On the back of that, Luke has revised the first JRF blog he has written, which is planned to be published on Monday. Luke has spent a significant amount of time writing scripts to harvest data from the DWP's Stat-Xplore database. You can see his work so far in the GitHub repo.

Stuart published a blog post about use of colours, encapsulating a wealth of information about how we can better use colours in visualisations. Our #RadicallyOpen way of working has paid dividends again, as no longer had he published and shared on Mastodon, than someone got in touch to improve it!

Kathryn and Paul have been working on the update for the sponsors coffee and cake session we're holding next week. This is a chance for our sponsors (and other organisations we work with) to update, learn, share and talk about opportunities and future plans. You can book your place at Eventbrite.

We had a great #OpenDataSavesLives session on Reproducible Analytical Pipelines for Health Inequalities. We heard from Sam Hollings at NHS England, as well as Molly Broome from the Resolution Foundation. We livestreamed the event to Youtube this time, which worked well and we think we'll stick with this approach in the future. You can watch the session back on Youtube and on our website. Blog post to follow. Our next #OpenDataSavesLives event will be on the topic of Virtual Wards, on the 21st June.

Paul has also been working with: