Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Changes to ORBIS: 1

BVD have developed a new on-line interface for ORBIS. The LSE will be transferring to the new version shortly, however

saved search strategies won’t carry over from the old version unless you save them and then re-load them to the new version

This only applies to ORBIS accessed on-line.

Details of when the upgrade will occur will be posted here as soon as the date has been set.

Crime Statistics Consultation

The Ministry of Justice today launched a consultation which aims to make statistics covering the Criminal Justice System more transparent and user friendly. A copy of the consultation document and details of how to respond can be found on our website:

The 'Consultation on improvements to Ministry of Justice statistics' seeks views on:
• the definitions of statistics - making the statistics consistent across MoJ publications and clarifying the definition of certain important measurements.
• introducing a quarterly criminal justice statistics bulletin. This would give an overview of trends in crime, out of court disposals, prosecutions, convictions and sentencing.
• moving to a single measure of re-offending. This would get rid of the six different ways re-offending is measured. This includes consolidating five separate publications on re-offending into a single publication.
These proposals represent significant improvements by:

• making a wider range of data available routinely through our statistical publications;
• presenting a coherent overview of criminal justice statistics to help understanding and ease of comparison; and
• simplifying access to information in line with the National Statistics Code of Practice.
The consultation is a response to a number of separate reports including the UK Statistics Authority Assessment of Criminal Justice Studies, the Stern Review of Rape Reporting and UK Statistics Authority's Barrier to Trust in Crime Statistics as well as our own internal review of criminal justice publications.
The closing date for responses is 18 February 2011 and responses can be submitted by email, post or by using the online survey. If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact:

Monday 22nd November - Working with World Bank Data

Dr. Eric Swanson, senior advisor to the director of the Development Data Group at the World Bank, will discuss the sources and methods used to compile the World Development Indicators and other databases maintained by the World Bank.

The World Bank's recently announced policy of providing free and unrestricted access to its databases has opened up a large amount of new information for students and researchers. Dr. Swanson is an economist who has spent his career collecting, analyzing, and publishing data on developing countries.

There will be a talk and presentation Monday 22nd November 10.30-11.45, in LRB 405 (CEP Conference Room) 4th Floor, Research Laboratory followed by one-on-one meetings with Dr Swanson between 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm.

If you would like to meet with Dr Swanson and discuss World Bank data, or attend the event please go to the event webpage for further details:

For further information

Please visit the Working with World Bank Data