Newly published official publications from:
Westminster and the UK Government
The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology have published Barriers to Healthy Food which details the economic, knowledge and skills, and physical barriers to healthy eating, and the policy approaches to these barriers.
The Animal and Plant Health Agency update their list of published scientific papers on a monthly basis. The update for April 2016 includes staff papers on salmonella in pigs and diseases in gamebirds.
The Marine Management Organisation has published emergency incidents datasets; “Marine emergencies can include actual or potential oil pollution, accidental deposits (including loss of cargo from vessels at sea), vessel fires or sinking, deposits on beaches or any other incidents notified to MMO by MCA or other emergency responders or other sources.”
The European Union
Water use in the EU, published by the European Parliament extracts data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Aquastat database to provide infographics for each member state on topics such as available water resources, water withdrawals and household water footprint.
EU open data: The basics for EU data providers has been published by the Publications Office of the European Union. The document explains the basic concepts of open data, and provides practical guidelines and good practice on how to open data. (The University of Glasgow Open Access Process for publications can be found here or by emailing the University Library’s Open Access Team).
Media Freedom in Western Balkans: state of play is a briefing from the European Parliament on the effect issues such as “opaque media ownership, financial instability in the sector intimidation and pressure on journalists, and poor working conditions” has on independent journalism, democracy, and the public’s access to information.
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Publications have been limited during the election period, as parliament has been in recess. However, the latest Free Personal and Nursing Care Scotland 2014-15 statistics release has been published, and presents the latest client and expenditure figures for the 30,000 care home residents, and 47,000 people requiring care in their own homes.
Office for National Statistics
“The Office for National Statistics (ONS) launched a new survey in 2015, collecting data on the low carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) economy. The first high-level results were published in December 2015. In order to produce timely estimates and be responsive to demand for greater detail, this is the third and final in a series of sector-specific articles prior to final results scheduled to publish in May 2016. The first article, published in March 2016, focused on the UK solar photovoltaic sector. The second article, published in April 2016, was for nuclear power”.
The population estimates for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have just been updated to include mid-2014. The data for every year from mid-1991 to mid-2014 are available from the Office for National Statistics Population Estimates page.
A Report on Deaths involving legal highs in England and Wales between 2004 and 2013 has been published, and includes an explanation of what legal highs are, why they are so dangerous, and data by sex, age, and substance.