Wakefield utilise the direct data feed (API) for JSNA
Wakefield Council's JSNA and Observatory web sites have merged to establish a new data and information resource about the health of local people and the broader characteristics of the district and neighbourhoods in which they live. Created by the council's intelligence officers, it utilises our direct data feed (API) and reports from LG Inform Plus alongside data from Public Health England and other central government sources.
'The JSNA serves to provide health professionals with a detailed set of intelligence about people's health, but now also acts a Local Information System for data on housing, the economy, skills, etc.,' says Peter Shepherd, Intelligence Officer at Wakefield Council. 'The advantage in using the API is that we can design our web pages to always pull down the latest data, in real-time, freeing us from the business of having to store and update datasets ourselves. Using the API also leaves us with a lot of flexibility in how we then visualise the data and gives us the ability to combine indicators and build our own custom aggregations and rates.'
The team used Google Visualization tools to display the data, which come with a lot of customisation options helping to establish a consistent style across the Wakefield JSNA website and State of the District Report (PDF).
If you'd like to learn how your organisation could implement the API for a project, don't hesitate to get in touch with the support team.