The WISERD DataPortal is a web application that enhances a researcher’s ability to search, discover, map and download socio-economic research data related to Wales. The aim is to encourage the re-use and re-purposing of existing data.

Who developed it?

The WISERD DataPortal has been developed by the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data as part of the Data and Methods strand.

Why was it developed?

The Welsh Government, Westminster Government and UK Research Councils are all encouraging social science researchers to use existing sources of data where-ever possible. This includes large-scale survey data collected by Government (e.g., Census; Labour Force Survey; National Survey for Wales); bespoke surveys undertaken by local authorities and other organisations (e.g., housing needs surveys; Active Adults Survey); administrative data routinely collected by various organisations such as civil society and third sector groups as part of their daily functions (eg, volunteering data; homelessness figures; data on disadvantaged groups); and data collected by University researchers on funded projects.

One real issue with using these data is a lack of knowledge of what data are available, whether it is fit for the purpose of the proposed research, and how to access the data. The WISERD DataPortal has been designed to make answering some of these questions easier by proving access to rich standards compliant meta-data on a wide variety of data sources and allowing researchers to search the meta-data. It also provides a gateway to several WISERD built dashboards and websites allowing access to data about Wales and beyond

Accessing the WISERD DataPortal

The WISERD DataPortal can be found at

You will be required to register to use parts of the DataPortal. This information will be used for monitoring purposes.

How does it work?

The WISERD DataPortal and the various dashboards have been written using free and open-source software (FOSS) and runs in your web browser. We recommend Google Chrome for the best experience although it is compatible with all mainstream browsers. It is also designed to run on a number of platforms including tablets and mobile devices.

What does it do?

The WISERD DataPortal has three main functions:

i. Meta-Data Search

This allows the user to use keywords to search and discover standards compliant meta-data for a wide range of surveys undertaken by government and other organisations including WISERD. The meta-data includes questions asked, response categories, sample sizes, the geographies at which the data are available and how the source data may be accessed.

ii. Data Dashboards and Data Platforms

These provide tools to map, graph and provide tabular and statistical outputs for a variety of socio-economic data, points of interest and boundary data for Wales and in some cases to export the data for further analysis.

iii. Reporting Tool

This tool allows users to create dashboards of their own data from uploaded Excel spreadsheets and to share these dashboards as interactive reports. The dashboards can include headline statistics, tabular data, graphs and maps for areas in Wales. Currently, a user has to register to use this tool. Please contact the WISERD DataTeam at the email below for more information.

Use Case

Understanding Welsh Places

As part of our work with the Welsh Government, the Carnegie UK Trust, and the Institute of Welsh Affairs we have created a bespoke website that aims to be the first point of call for statistical information about towns and communities in Wales. On this website you will find useful data and geographical information about your town or local area to help you identify opportunities for your community. The graphics, maps and guidance will help you to explore the data you need to make a difference in the place where you live or work.

What next

The WISERD DataPortal is being further developed for civil society groups and third sector organisations who wish to improve their use of data in their research.

Get involved

WISERD has a number of user groups and training events over the coming months. If you are interested in the developments of the WISERD DataPortal and would like to get involved, please email Scott Orford at