The Office for National Statistics have updated their website at www.ons.gov.uk/ons/index.html.
The website provides enhanced navigation and additional functionality with the following key features included:
- Improvements to the format of datasets (Time Series Data) downloaded in Excel. Annual, quarterly, and monthly data is now shown separately
- Including the four digit codes (CDIDs) within the dataset downloads
- Identification of common pages chosen by users that are no longer available and redirection to corresponding pages on the new website
- Improvements to the format of pdfs
- Suppression of branches of the web structure that do not contain any outputs
- A ‘Taking part in a survey’ link on the home page, which will allow those selected for surveys to find information on the surveys
- The ability to view larger versions of maps
- The ability to select multiple regions for regional information
- Fixes to over 120 minor bugs
- logical structure to documents and a consistent look and feel
- improved ability to reuse tables by publishing them in Excel format
- meets the government’s standards for accessibility (which the old website did not)
- a new hosting provider, giving a better service
- IT infrastructure has been modernised, and is more robust and efficient, replacing unreliable and inefficient hardware
- A dedicated team has been established to carry out a complete review of the site. They are prioritising fixing missing content and broken links that have been reported to us.
Work is underway on:
- Improvements to the Key Figures page
- Improvements to the search function
- The statistical bulletins, with an aim to reinstate the pdf data tables.
As a result of the revisions (with existing data links not maintained or automatically forwarded), some ONS weblinks on Data4nr are broken. We are working towards fixing all of these in the near future. [November 2011 update - the majority of these broken links have now been fixed on Data4nr].