The Department of Upgrading, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has outlined plans for a new service to share data on social housing rentals and sales.

The service – which will retain its predecessor’s CORE name – is currently in beta construction after passing an alpha digital service evaluation in September last year.

A DLUHC blog post said the new service will allow housing officers and managers from local authorities and housing associations to carry out three processes: registering individual rental and sales cases by answering questions; upload data on multiple sales and rentals using a CSV template; and data transfer through APIs.

These aim to provide a more usable and accessible service to meet the changing needs of data providers and DLUHC analysts.

Changes include moving from document-based data collections to JSON schema-based data collections, which support automated form authoring, and using library component-based form authoring front lines of the Ministry of Education.

The team also aims to include smarter routing and question answer deduction where possible.

All the code for the service is available on GitHub.

The DLUHC project team said they were keen to hear from local authorities and housing associations who want access to the new CORE during its beta phase.

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