Projects, events and dashboards

The data published on Calderdale DataWorks can be used for a variety of purposes. Find out more about some of the data, use our interactive dashboards and get involved in planned events and innovations using open data.

Guest Post by Tom Forth – A first look at the Calderdale Digital Strategy

In December 2016 Tom Forth from the ODI Leeds came to Calderdale to discuss the council’s digital strategy at Halifax Town Hall. Tom wrote a guest post about the day and his input on 5 key areas:

  1. Digital exclusion is mostly about price, not bandwidth
  2. Calderdale is a skilled and innovative place
  3. Culture is a key opportunity
  4. An example journey could tie together much of our thinking
  5. Social care is a key area for innovation

Council performance dashboards

Our performance dashboards are interactive, allowing you to view current performance (15 key measures, 5 for each priority) but also how we compare our progress over time, and against others. We’re using Qliksense to build more dashboards based on the open data already published. You can find more information on the Council website on our Mission and priorities .

Other examples of the use of open data include:

Events and innovation at ODI Leeds

ODI Leeds host a range of innovations and events throughout the year. some of the latest events include ‘Innovating with Defra’ and ‘#Air Quality Hack’. There is also a regular monthly drop-in for anyone interested in Open Data.

There are other sites that show how projects have used open data:

State of Calderdale

Key representatives from public, private, voluntary and community sectors met at the beginning of February 2017 to discuss the state of the borough of Calderdale, and how the different sectors can work together. All sectors agreed that they have the same priorities and issues to be improved or resolved. A data pack containing a range of data was made available to all delegates to help inform some of the priorities being discussed: State of Calderdale


Defra (Department for environment, food and rural affairs) have published some of their many datasets, and wanted to find out how their data is used and what innovation can be done with them. To investigate this, an Innovation day was held in January at Leeds ODI. Picking up some of the challenges identified at the Innovation day. #AirHack, also supported by Defra, used their data alongside data from other organisations to see how these challenges could be addressed.

#AirHack ran over two days. On the first morning after introductions, ideas were pooled to decide on the issues to work on. Several themes emerged which were worked on, refined, merged and tested over the rest of the first day and most of the second day. The presentation at the end of day two focussed on three options that have potential to be developed further to help with air quality:

More information on #AirHack, including the available data sets and blogs, can be found at #AirHack .

Ward Profiles

There are 17 wards within Calderdale. Each ward profile dataset has a brief description on the area, including the main settlements, it’s topography and where in the borough it is situated:

Brighouse / Calder / Elland / Greetland and Stainland / Hipperholme and Lightcliffe / Illingworth and Mixenden / Luddendenfoot / Northowram and Shelf / Ovenden / Park / Rastrick / Ryburn / Skircoat / Sowerby Bridge / Todmorden / Town / Warley

Each dataset currently includes a map of the ward, a demographic profile, a Public Health local health report and an Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) factsheet. There are also links to other datasets that provide data on a ward level, such as health, ethnicity, families, school rolls, free school meals and older people.

These are being added to as more data becomes available, providing an ever more complete picture of each area and highlighting their particular needs which can help support campaigns, applying for grants and other funding.


On Boxing day 2015, Storm Eva caused severe flooding along a large part of the Calder Valley (Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse). As part of the council’s response, Calderdale Data Works was used to publish data to help make it accessible to as many as possible involved, both within the council and for all other organisations and individuals.

For the period of the emergency, we used the Flood dataset to provide maps and data on all properties that were potentially affected by the flooding, whether residential or business. This helped in both the organisation of the cleanup operation, and the assessment and payment of grants to all those who qualified.

The Flood dataset now provides a series of infographics detailing the rescue and recovery work carried out, plus a list of the flood relief hubs and a link to Gaugemap (a website providing information on river gauges throughout Calderdale). If another flooding emergency does occur, the dataset is ready to be used again to publish maps and data as part of the operation.


During 2016, ODI Leeds ran a series of events to develop innovative tools to support anyone who has an interest in flooding detection, response, resilience, analysis and recovery through the use of data and technology.

More than 70 data scientists, developers, academics, flood risk management consultants, local authority experts and geographers attended, representing organisations as diverse as Friends of the Earth, Hebden Hack Space, Ordnance Survey, Arup, Bradford, Calderdale and Leeds City Councils.

You can find out more about what happened on the day, and see interviews from key contributors, see:


In August 2016, ODI Leeds used data from Calderdale Data Works and Data Mill North (Leeds and Bradford), plus a data file provided by Kirklees, to produce an interactive map of all the known allotments within West Yorkshire. The map has been created using Open Street Map, for full details see Open allotments.

By working with ODI Leeds, we’re hoping to publish more data in the same format (or schema) to enable more data like this to be aggregated to provide county wide (or larger) datasets. This is also promoted by Local Government (LG) Inform who provide the ability to aggregate date on their site, with the aim of providing data on a national level.

It is hoped that the West Yorkshire allotment map is the first seed in a whole crop of aggregated datasets!

Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)

The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) is one of a set of English indices of deprivation. The figures are released by the Department for Communities and Local Government every three to five years. The latest statistics released are for 2015, and use data from 2012 to 2013. The data is provided at LSOA (Lower super output area – an area of around 1,500 residents) and ward levels.

The Calderdale IMD 2015 results dataset provides a factsheet and map for each domain within the IMD – Income, Employment, Education skills and training, Health disability, Crime, Housing and services, and Living environment – plus an overall factsheet and map.

A version for each ward is also included on the Ward profiles. This dataset is regularly one of the most popular datasets on Data Works, especially with organisations within the third (voluntary) sector in Calderdale. It is used as evidence for grants and funding for a wide range of schemes. It is also useful for targeting resources within the borough to ensure that the areas that need the resources are the areas that receive it.


#HighwaysHack took place on 21 and 22 October 2016 at ODI Leeds. The hack was organised by Highways England and ODI Leeds to try to tackle problems and find solutions in transport. Over 100 people attended the hack where there were three challenges:

Several applications and services were created during the event, including a Highways route rater (allowing preferences to be set by the user), a Journey planner (based on congestion on regular journeys and indicating which times are busiest), a Roads policy data dashboard for new offices, a Little car counter (a simple counter for indicating traffic flow on local roads), and a service for transporting freight using unused space in cars.

For details of the challenges, datasets and the interesting things that happened on the day, see #HighwaysHack .

School census

Every term, all schools and academies are required to complete a census of their pupils. The information is submitted to central government to inform strategies, polices and funding allocations. The census includes the number of pupils on the school roll (both in total and by year group), free school meals, pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), and pupils with English as an additional language.

All these are available in separate datasets at primary school and secondary school level. Some are also available at ward level (see Ward profiles ).