In my previous blog in November I briefly touched upon the first DataMapWales app, Active Travel. In this post, I will update you on this, how our beta launch has gone, and what’s next.Continue reading
This blog is the third in a series introducing some of the work we have been doing in the Welsh Government’s Data Science Unit. A lot of the work we do as data scientists involves analysing data in some way, but we also like to develop tools that help people work with data. Here are a couple of examples of things we’ve been developing.Continue reading
Welcome to the second part of our blog series that introduces some of the projects that the Data Science Unit are working on. Part 1 was published last week.
This blog covers a project that investigates the use of internet speed test data to support our existing knowledge of coverage across Wales.Continue reading
While accurate and timely statistics have always been recognised as a key input to good quality decision and policy making within government, this past year has put data at the forefront of strategy and reporting in a new way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public appetite for data has risen and products such as data dashboards are being frequently used by people who may not have been actively engaged in data previously.Continue reading
After what has been a difficult year, the vaccination roll-out will no doubt be a ray of hope for many. This brings with it a huge amount of interest in the progress of the roll-out, with many people wanting to know when they or their loved ones might receive their vaccination (if they haven’t already). In this blog, written jointly by epidemiologists in Public Health Wales and statisticians in the Welsh Government, we want to set out what you can expect to see from vaccination data over the coming weeks and months.Continue reading
Posted by Glyn Jones, Chief Digital Officer, Welsh Government
We have now finished publishing the series of blogs on our Digital Strategy for Wales. The six Missions set out our ambition for a digital Wales, the outcomes we want to see and the actions that will deliver them.Continue reading
Post by Huw Morris, Director for Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning
This is the seventh in a series of blogs outlining the ambitions and plans for our Digital Strategy for Wales. Please see the introductory blog ; Mission 1 ; Mission 2 ; Mission 3 ; Mission 4 ; Mission 5.
Mission 6 – Create a workforce that has the digital skills, capability and confidence to excel in the workplace and in everyday life.
This is the last in our series of blogs about the missions in our digital strategy. But it is by no means the least. Digital skills and competency are vital to all aspects of this strategy, developing people’s confidence to use digital in everyday life, to lead digital transformation across our public services and in improving job prospects. This is why improving digital skills underpins the whole of our strategy.
Post by Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport
This is the sixth in a series of blogs outlining the ambitions and plans for our Digital Strategy for Wales. Further information can be found in the other posts in the series: introductory blog ; Mission 1 ; Mission 2 ; Mission 3 ; Mission 4.
Mission 5: Services are supported by fast and reliable infrastructure
Everywhere we turn, digital technology is driving improvements in almost every aspect of our lives. Of course, without the underlying infrastructure which connects our computers, devices and online services, there can be no digitisation.
The Covid pandemic has highlighted the need for greater connectivity speeds and broadband access, and as we continue to social distance, we are becoming more dependent on digital services for home working, e-learning, attendance at virtual GP appointments, online events and much more. Since the start of the pandemic, many more people have needed to access public services online and there has been an increased reliance on the internet for information and advice which has driven the transformation of digital services.Continue reading
Post by Julie James, MS, Minister for Housing and Local Government
This is the fifth in a series of blogs outlining the ambitions and plans for our Digital Strategy for Wales. Further information can be found in the other posts in the series: introductory blog ; Mission 1 ; Mission 2 ; Mission 3.
Mission 4: equip people with the motivation, access, skills and confidence to engage with an increasingly digital world, based on their needs
I am a passionate, driven, advocate for digital inclusion. The pandemic has highlighted our reliance on digital – whether it has been to access health services, maintain contact with loved ones or carry out routine daily activities such as ordering groceries.
However, for those who are not digitally confident, this greater dependence on digital has emphasised the ever widening digital divide. Digital inclusion is no longer a ‘nice to have’. It is essential to be part of a modern society. That is why it underpins all of the missions in our digital strategy.Continue reading