Data is used for many different purposes, and different users will have different requirements for a dataset. To support users in identifying in advance whether a dataset would be suitable for their specific purposes, HDR UK have developed a tool that can be applied to any dataset to communicate whether it will meet their needs.

This tool has been developed through surveys and interviews with users of data from multiple sectors, and refined through multiple rounds of testing and consultation. To support users in understanding the characteristics of a dataset, we have also identified many open and open-source data quality tools which can be used to profile datasets on the Gateway. These projects have been summarised in the current data utility green paper, which is available here. If you wish to submit an electronic response to the green paper, please complete the survey here.