We have always known the value of data – even in fiction. In 1892 Sherlock Holmes said:
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
The Welsh Government’s Library holds a unique collection of library materials and publications. This includes documents dating back to the inception of the Welsh Office in 1965 and almost everything published by the Welsh Government since. As such the library provides a valuable service to Welsh Government staff as well as enabling the public to access Welsh Government publications. So, as you can imagine digitising our library collection was no mean feat. Continue reading
Today we published the latest results on the Welsh language from the Annual Population Survey (APS) on our StatsWales website. We’ve been publishing these data for some time but in the past year there has been increasing user interest in the data owing to the gradual increase in Welsh speakers suggested by the data, and in light of the Welsh Government’s Welsh language strategy, Cymraeg 2050, which includes the aim of achieving a million Welsh speakers by 2050.
We’re continually looking for ways to improve what we publish online as part of the changes we’re making to GOV.WALES. To support this improvement journey we have recently set up a series of content critiques, or crits for short, bringing together all those involved in designing web content from across Welsh Government.
For many of you who want statistics or research GOV.WALES is where you go to get that information. In fact more than 30,000 of you come to our pages each year to find the data and information you want, making it one of the most used areas of the Welsh Government site.