What should the UK’s Chief Data Officer do in their first 100 days?

Ok I am making an assumption that there is going to be a CDO but bear with me on that.

Will a CDO be the saviour of data in the UK?

Here is a starter for ten list:

  1. Work out who is responsible for data publishing and transparency – GDS (The Government Digital Service) or the Transformation Team in the Cabinet Office?
  2. Do something with data.gov.uk – a great idea but a bit like a marathon runner it seems to have hit the wall.
  3. Please sort out public sector data publishing – are central and local government working to the same standards?
  4. Give some oomph to the National Information Infrastructure, even a new name. Data is the life blood of the economy it should be sexy not boring.
  5. Mandate data registers for every public sector body as will now be the case in the US (and why not throw in the private sector as well why you are at it.)
  6. Data quality is appalling and a perennial issue – it should be everybody’s responsibility not just the person who pushes the publish button.
  7. Open, open, open – yes with the relevant caveats around privacy and security everything should be open.
  8. Education – so we are teaching coding to kids where is data in all this? Most organisations cannot function without data and data management but this is not entirely clear when you talk to public sector bodies. So education, education, education – about data.
  9. Make sure the UK stays at the top of the table for open data – but by using better metrics than the current lightweight assessments.
  10. Create a network of Chief Data Officers.

So that’s ten points written in ten minutes – what else is missing?




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2 responses to “What should the UK’s Chief Data Officer do in their first 100 days?

  1. johnpaul

    This person should have a single objective – to set a ‘confidence level’ for each Open Data set.

    Data is inherently bad (whether Open Data or Closed Data). Quality is relative and Data Quality costs money. You get what you pay for – as true for data as for buying a car. Quality starts way downstream – what is eventually published as Open Data is at the end of a long winding boulder-strewn river.

    A confidence level will enable folk to decide if data, and any mashed up interpretations of data, have any value – or is it mash – literally.

    • johnpaul

      In my previous reply please swap ‘downstream’ for ‘upstream’ – you see what I mean about Data Quality šŸ™‚ spellcheck worked; no-one reviewed; now it’s out there…

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