Thursday, 25 July 2013

HMRC consultation on data sharing

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is seeking views on the department sharing non identifiable information for the creation of general, aggregate and anonymised datasets, and on proposed safeguards.

The consultation also covers the potential benefits, costs / risks and necessary safeguards for proposals to share VAT registration data, either publicly or under controlled conditions for specified purposes, for example, credit rating. Views are welcome on the principles underlying these proposals and on the suggested approaches to implementation.

The consultation will run until the 24th September 2013. You can find out more information and download the consultation documentation from


Apologies for my absence over the last few months, I have been changing jobs. I am now back and will hopefully be able to find time to blog issues of interest to data users and providers of data infrastructure on a regular basis again.


CODATA Data-at-Risk Inventory

Are you interested in saving scientific data?

CODATA is inviting contributions to to an inventory of descriptions of (1) scientific data at-risk of permanent loss, and (2) descriptions of data rescue projects.

What is the Data-at-Risk Inventory?

The Data-at-Risk Inventory (DARI) is an ongoing project of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) Data at Risk Task Group (DARTG) to create a catalog of scientific data that are at risk of being lost. DARI is a descriptive inventory of endangered data that are held by others, and an inventory of data rescue projects; it is not a repository for data. DARI is an implementation of DARTG’s recognition that long-term observational scientific research depends on historical records.

What you can do to help:

DARI is looking for librarians, archivists, information custodians, data managers, scientists, researchers, and others who know of scientific data that could be at-risk, and are willing to contribute a description of that data to the inventory. We have also begun to document data rescue projects, and we are seeking descriptions of any known effort to preserve or rescue at-risk data.

How to contribute to the inventory:
  1. Click on this link:
  2. From the drop-down menu, select either "Data at Risk Inventory" or "Data Rescue Projects"
  3. A form will appear into which you may enter information about at-risk data or about a rescue effort
  4. Click on “Submit”

After the form is submitted, the DARI team will review it before it is made available to the web.