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Dumpark - Making data and information accessible

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Who: Dumpark
What: A data science and data visualisation agency
Why: Turning data into visual narratives to share and help people understand complex information
When: 2012–


The data

DataNew Zealand Household Labour Force Survey
Source: Statistics NZ
Formats: Table on screen, XLS, CSV, TQX
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

DataNew Zealand 2013 Disability Survey
Source: Statistics NZ
Formats: XLS
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

When the Human Rights Commission wanted to track equality at work and provide an evidential basis for monitoring fairness in the workplace, it was no easy task. Instead of a manual and time-consuming process, they engaged Dumpark to access open data, open up other data, and build a web-based tool.

Tracking Equality at Work’ brings together a suite of employment data so that fairness and equality of outcomes at work can be compared. Dumpark helped the Human Rights Commission organise and open up relevant data to supply the tool. Further indicators and datasets will be added over time.

The disaggregated data uses four key aspects of work and the interactive tool allows analysis of equality by sex, ethnicity, age and disability, and over time.

'We’re primarily driven by our desire to give people the tools to make sense of complex information.'

The web-tool makes it possible to track the persistence of inequality over time, and whether or not progress towards equality is being made. It also makes it possible to track the outcomes of a particular group across multiple indicators. The tool can also be used to disaggregate groups across several demographic characteristics.

Since Dumpark opened their doors in 2012, their primary goal has been to provide tools that allow people and organisations to understand and communicate data and complex information.

Co-founder Timo Franz says, 'Our primary focus has been on opening up data and creating data visualisation tools as a public service. We believe governments represent the citizens of the world, and data can be used to drive transparency and accountability, as well as inform the democracy we live in.'


Photo credit: Ben Felton