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The UK’s oldest public record, The Gazette, has been transformed for the digital age, making it easier than ever before to reuse and repurpose its open data.

The Gazette has been the definitive source of authoritative information for almost 350 years. It publishes, on a daily basis, details of national and personal importance – from military exploits and the Queen’s Honours to business-critical information on bankruptcies and insolvencies. Now, following a groundbreaking technological makeover, The Gazette, and its data, have been transformed for the digital age.

Driven by user-centred design, the new website, TheGazette.co.uk, is underpinned by an open API, which makes it easier to identify individual notices and to reuse and repurpose Gazette data. This has been made possible by a unique enrichment process which has turned plain text into structured data that any computer can use. This data is locked together in a single package, streamlining the process when importing it into any system.

In addition, because The Gazette is a trusted and transparent source of information, the new platform allows users to manually and visually check the provenance trail of any published notice. Recorded as RDF, the trail can be interrogated at any point, showing exactly how the notice has been handled, transformed and enriched. Data is enriched as part of the publishing process and opened up so that it can be more easily consumed – allowing users to run sophisticated and advanced queries.

”The culmination of almost two years of development, the new platform reimagines The Gazette for the digital era. It builds on the unique status and role of The Gazette, opening up the data contained in the notices and providing assurances throughout the publishing process.” - Janine Eves, Gazette Business and Operations Director at TSO.

“The ability for users to check the validity of official information and use it to make key decisions is a new dawn for web publishing. Being able to visually check the journey of a notice through The Gazette platform not only backs up its credibility as the definitive public record of the UK, it’s setting the bar when it comes to quality assurance and trust.” - John Sheridan, Head of Legislation Services at The National Archives.

"The new enhanced Gazette site is an important resource in today's data rich world. It allows the millions of notices and official content of The Gazette to be captured, discovered and shared by millions of people across the globe, shaping the service for the benefit of all." - Carol Tullo, Director of Information Policy and Services at The National Archives

For more information about The Gazette’s platform, and to open up the data for yourself, visit www.TheGazette.co.uk

Editor’s Notes

About The Gazette

  • TheLondon Gazette is the oldest surviving English newspaper and the oldest continuously published newspaper in the UK, having first been published on 7 November 1665 as The Oxford Gazette.
  • Other official newspapers of the UK government are the Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes, which, apart from reproducing certain materials of nationwide interest published in The London Gazette, also contain publications specific to Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.
  • The London Gazette is published daily, the Edinburgh Gazette twice a week, and the Belfast Gazette weekly.
  • Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) took over the publication of the Gazettes in 1889. Today, TheGazette.co.uk is published by TSO (The Stationery Office), under the superintendence of HMSO, and is part of The National Archives.

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About The National Archives

For the record, for good…The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). As the official archive of the UK government and England and Wales, we look after and make available to the public a collection of historical records dating back over 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files.

Our 21st-century role is to collect and secure the future of the record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible as possible. We do this by devising technological solutions to ensure the long-term survival of public records and working to widen access to our collection. The National Archives also advises on information management across government, publishes all UK legislation, manages Crown copyright and leads the archive sector. We work to promote and improve access to public sector information and its re-use. www.nationalarchives.gov.uk  www.legislation.gov.uk

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