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Community Lens

Match open datasets to the areas you work in to learn more about the needs of local communities.

1. Copy and paste your data

CommunityLENS works with copy-and-pasted postcodes from other applications (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Google Spreadsheets, TextEdit). Each postcode should be on a new line.

Your data is safe.

Even though CommunityLENS is a web app, the data you insert will be processed only by the web browser. No server-side operations or storages are performed, no one will see, touch or copy your data!

input form with postcodes
topic selection screen

2. Choose the topic you are interested in.

We designed and developed CommunityLENS with social impact organisations in mind. That’s why we focused on providing open data sets which you can easily select to understand the communities you serve better. Is there an open dataset you would like to see added? Write to us here.

3. Explore your data and the topic of interest

Understand how your data maps to the topic of interest. Do you want to view a different topic ? Do you want to explore something else? Add new information to your dataset or select a different topic of interest.

To compare different areas, take screenshots and place them side by side next to each other.

Analysis page screen