Guest blog: Crime and Justice - Open Data Sources and Resources

In preparation for the upcoming Creation and Innovation Weekend for the ODI's Immersion Programmeon Crime and Justice, I've been pulling together some links to relevant open data resources.

data.gov.uk does a lot of the fine grained curation and linking already, and will often provide links to relevant datasets published by UK public sector organisations. Then, within the scope of our crime and justice series the following links may also be interesting.
Crime and Justice Data

The Ministry of Justice maintains a page linking to it's statistical resources, along with a publication schedule that looks forward 12 months. The Home Office publishes the Police's recorded crime as open data, which some people might be interested in comparing against the British Crime Survey. And there is also the Police API that allows you to retrieve information about neighbourhood areas in all 43 Englishand Welsh police forces and for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

People who don't mind the challenge of scraping PDF documents might also be interested in the data behind IPSOS Mori's recent survey showing that concern about crime is at a 20 year low.
Government mini-sites
The Open Justice web site has been created by the Ministry of Justice to bring together "some of the key facts and real stories about different aspects of criminal justice; including sentencing and sentences, restorative justice, prison and probation; to help members of the public make sense of the criminal justice system."

Another useful minisite is The UK Data Service which "is a comprehensive resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data."

Open Data Strategies
Each department of the UK government is required to publish an Open Data Strategy. Of interest in the Crime and Justice area are:

Cabinet Office Open Data Strategy
Home Office Open Data Strategy
Ministry of Justice Open Data Strategy

The current strategies are for the period 2012-2015. As well as outlining the datasets they currently publish, ministries are also outlining their future plans for open data release. This sometimes includes future publication schedules which may be of interest.
Local Authority open data
Some local authorities have set up open data catalogues which can contain links to data not found in data.gov.uk. Examples include:

Data Greater Manchester
London Datastore
Redbridge Datashare
Birmingham - Open Data pages

The Department for Communities and Local Government has also commissioned the Open Data Communitiessite fromSwirrl. This has 76 datasets divided into six themes: housing, finance, deprivation, wellbeing, business plan and geographical data.

We've set up a repository on GitHub for the Immersion Programme. At the moment this includes the above links on a single wiki page and the open data wishlist that was created following the requests we made last month.

I'd like to encourage people to use the wiki to add new data sources. You can add any items to the Crime and Justice Open Data wishlist there too.