Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI) have just released a new mobile phone app called ‘Numberhood’. The app is designed to provide a range of socio-economic indicators at local authority district level, and lets you compare local statistics with regional and national trends across ten themes.
Having downloaded the app (purely for research purposes!) we can see it may have some value. Having a range of indicators in one place prevents you having to access a number of different websites, and the app is intuitive and easy to use.
On the other hand, the app only provides some basic headline stats for free (such as age profile, IMD, total recorded cime) and you’ll need to upgrade at a cost of £1.49 to access the more detailed information held within specific themes such as health, economy, housing etc. Also, the app is really only presenting data that is available elsewhere…for free.
You can find out more at http://www.numberhood.net/