Collecting, processing and using data will help housing associations to become more effective and provide in the end better housing for more people. Developing a sector wide data standard is important in this process, as it will allow associations to share and compare their figures and for their IT-based systems to be able to 'talk' to each other.
Professionals in the Netherlands have been striving to create such a standard for some time. With good results as the Dutch CORA standard was launched back in 2016. On the 29th of January 2018 a new standard (in English) got launched. Recognising there is a need to improve the quality of data in housing, HACT and OSCRE have launched the UK's first Data Standard to the housing sector. Version one of the HACT UK Housing Data Standard covers the voids and allocations processes as well as the core customer data.
HACT is a charity, social enterprise and industry-focused think/do tank, established in the 1960s by the housing association sector, seeking to influence and innovate in ways which help all housing providers deliver more effectively within their communities. Over the past ten months HACT and its partner OSCRE have been working with seventeen housing providers to create a Data Standard that will be free to use for the sector. Time to learn more about this project and how the resulting Data Standard will benefit the sector.
The launch event on Monday the 29th of January, 2018 attracted well over 100 delegates.
The Data Standard Library is made up of the following components
• Quick Start Guide
• Reference Data Model
• Data Exchange Standards
The UK Housing Data Standard is free to use subject to the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0) license. The English language documents are available at: www.hact.org.uk/datastandard.
Information on CORA, the Dutch standard, may be found at: www.stichting-cora.nl
As an idea of NL-UK co-operation in the area of housing data standards, Jay Saggar has suggested to organize a workshop (in The Netherlands) to bring together data standard 'enthusiasts' in order to learn, share ideas and best practices, discuss new developments and to co-ordinate the development of future releases of both the Dutch as well as the UK version of the data standard. This workshop will take place on Mai 18th.
All interested in attending and/or contributing (in whatever way) to this event, please contact the UK standards team (mr. Jay Saggar (HACT): email@example.com) or the Dutch CORA team (contact person mr. Arjen de Vries (Lefier housing): firstname.lastname@example.org).