Our Values

Our values represent the aspirations of our individual and collective behaviour. They guide our day-to-day decision making. In order to achieve the vision we have set out for 2020, we will endeavour to put these values at the heart of everything we do.

We inspire: We aim to inspire people around the world through our content and expertise.

We are passionate about sharing information and are inspired by our users and their contributions.

We innovate: We nurture leading-edge innovations and promote an entrepreneurial spirit.

We take measured risk and bring about change through informed and agile decision making.

We collaborate: We work in partnership to achieve more by working together than we could do on our own. We strive to be an open, responsive and reflective organisation.

We enable: We aim to work with our users to create new insights from our content and to develop world-leading services. We strive to encourage and empower our staff to seize new opportunities.

We respect: We promote respect for our users and stakeholders and for one another. We care for the collection and respect legal and institutional frameworks.

We learn: We will continue to learn from others. We integrate the expertise of our users into our networks. We work to share our ideas and expertise.

People and projects

People and projects

Our amazing projects and the people who made them happen.

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Interactive fact-finder

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