Quick Fire Our New Developer

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We recently blogged about Welsh Government recruiting to Digital, Data and Technology roles and how we want to increase our internal skills and capability in these areas. As part of this recruitment we recently hired a new Developer to the Corporate Digital Team and we’re really excited to welcome him to the organisation.  Ok, unlike the blog title suggests, we’re not going to fire him just yet – but what better way to get to know him than to throw some quick fire questions at him?!

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We don’t know who you are, but if you have a very particular set of skills we will find you…

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You may have noticed recently on the CDO twitter feed (and if not, you should follow us @cdowales) that we have started to advertise for digital, data and technology specialists. As there’ll be a number of recruitments in the coming months we thought we’d write a blog to tell you a bit more about why we’re recruiting and what Welsh Government has to offer. Continue reading

New powers for public bodies to share data – we want your views

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Data plays an important role in making effective decisions, particularly within the public sector. Often public sector bodies need the same data and we end up with duplicate data collections which cost money and place unnecessary burden on those providing the data. Also complexities and concerns around data sharing are often identified as real barriers to improving public services and the services that citizens receive. Whilst the simple solution is for public bodies to share their data, there have long been barriers to doing this. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Code of Practice for Statistics Consultation

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I’m pleased to introduce a guest blog by Penny Babb from the Office for Statistics Regulation. The UK Statistics Authority is currently consulting on a revised version of the Code of Practice for statistics. The Code of Practice is the framework for the official statistics produced here in Wales as well as the rest of the UK.

As part of this revision the Authority are proposing that the Code provides principles that can apply to any numerical information so it is relevant to the wider data agenda. I’d very much encourage those with interest in data and statistics in Wales to respond.

Glyn Jones, Chief Statistician

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Putting the ‘you’ into usability testing

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In our previous blog we introduced the changes we’re making to GOV.WALES. A really important part of our work is understanding how you, our users, use the site and what you think of the changes we’re making. We do this by running usability testing whenever we can to help us identify any issues early and fix problems before they take root too deeply. Continue reading