A dataset page provides users with data downloads (in XLS and CSV format) and any essential information about the data and how to use it.
There are two types of dataset pages: single file datasets and multiple file datasets.
Once you have chosen the page type and the dataset page has been created, it cannot be changed.
Contact Publishing@ons.gov.uk before the page is created if you are unsure which type of dataset page to use.
Single file datasets
The first type of dataset is where a single file is shown on the page, for example, the monthly Output in the construction industry dataset. This file is replaced each time a new version of the dataset is published. The file is labelled as the “current edition of this dataset” and this heading cannot be changed. Superseded versions of the file are available on the “previous versions” page.
Use this type of dataset if you only have one file and your users only need the most up-to-date data.
Multiple file datasets
The second type of dataset is where multiple files are shown on the page, for example, the Weekly deaths dataset. This means you can present the most up-to-date data for multiple time periods and geographies on a single page, without users having to scroll through all the previous versions. Each file has a unique label showing the time period or geography it covers. Each file also has its own previous versions page with superseded versions of the data.
Use this type of dataset if you want to present the latest data for different time periods or geographies, or want to publish provisional, final and revised data.
Dataset pages should not contain any detailed analysis, charts, presentation tables or sections.
The dataset title should not include the time period of the dataset. This should instead be included in the file edition name. View more detail on dataset titles.