Open Data

A piece of data or content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse and redistribute it - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.

You can usually download open data, such as demographic information or labour market statistics, in a format that can be manipulated e.g. Excel. Many government departments have now opened up their data for organisations to use. Open data can be used by voluntary and community sector organisations to:

  • evidence need in your funding bids
  • identify trends
  • campaign/lobby
  • develop or manage innovative services
  • form partnerships and collaborate
  • demonstrate impact

KVA and Royal Borough of Kingston recently ran a training session 'Using Open Data to Evidence the Need for your Project'. You can download copies of the handouts below:

2011 Census Workshop - Justine Rego, Team Leader for Data Management, Kingston Council

Open data and mapping tools - Kate White, Manager, Superhighways and Sorrel Parsons, Information & Communications Coordinator, KVA

If you are interested in joining us for an open data training session or would like further support please contact Kate White or Sorrel Parsons.

Please also let us know what information you would like to see on KVA Kingston Open Data voluntary and community sector portal.

Kingston Data Observatory

Kingston Council provides demographic information and analysis for the borough through the Kingston Data Observatory (KDO).

Visit the KDO website 

If you have a request for some data email the Kingston Data Observatory team

Useful Open Data Portals

You will find most government open data available by visiting these websites.


Sorrel Parsons

Information and Communications Co-ordinator

020 8255 3335