Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is DataWand?
DataWand is a free-to-use information sharing, mapping and reporting website that is open to anyone. It provides the latest data and analysis for the London Borough of Wandsworth, it’s Wards and other internal geographical areas. You can also use our data tools to access comparative data for other boroughs, the London region and the whole of England.
See Getting Started for an overview of our data tools.
How do I use DataWand?
See our How To section for step-by-step tutorials and a detailed look at our key data tools.
Who can use DataWand?
DataWand is an open-access website that can be used by anyone. We hope that it is useful to local government, community groups, voluntary sector organisations, partnership members, businesses, students and the public.
It can help provide the evidence-base for strategic planning, prepare funding applications, support academic research and enable residents to find out more about their local area.
Where is the data from?
DataWand hosts thousands of indicators from several publishers and sources (e.g. Data.Police.uk, Office for National Statistics, Public Health England…). Where you find the icon, you can use this to view the metadata associated with the data – this includes the publisher, publication date and copyright note to use when acknowledging the data source.
You can use the Data Explorer to filter data by Publisher or Source.
How often is the data updated?
DataWand is set up to host the latest available data – an update to the source data triggers an update to the website.
The currency of the data depends on the source – use the icon to look at the metadata and check the date of issue/publication.
Can I download/export the information?
Yes, you can copy and paste the charts and information from profiles and reports, download data tables and export entire reports and maps. See our How To section for guidance.
Can I use and share the data?
Yes, we encourage you to share and reuse the data which is available under the Open Government Licence freely and flexibly, with only a few conditions. Please ensure you acknowledge the data sources you use – ‘Rights’ can be found for each data source in the metadata (see the icon).
For maps, please also use the following copyright statements to acknowledge the source of the boundary information:
Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2018
Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2018
What geographies are available?
Please see our Guide to Geography to help you understand the geographical levels that data is available for.
Where can I go for more information?
If you can’t find the data you’re looking for, try our Links and Resources page for additional sources of local information.
If you are interested in similar information for other boroughs, several of our neighbours also have data websites:
How do I contact you/make a suggestion?
Please Contact Us with any questions, comments or suggestions. We’re happy to receive feedback on DataWand.