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
This week it’s Digital Leaders Week which felt like a good time to write my first blog as Chief Digital Officer in Welsh Government since I started in July (not quite the famous “100 first days” that politicians refer to but not far away). It’s been a whirlwind few months learning what is going on across the organisation and outside, and at the same time trying to take forward some key pieces of work which we think are important in terms of responding to the pandemic and getting ourselves ready for the future. As with many other work places we have of course primarily been working from home since March. This of course has huge benefits which have been well described over the past few months, but it does present a very different experience in starting a new job and not being able to have face to face contact with my new teams!Continue reading
What is data science? I don’t think there is an agreed answer to exactly what it is – but using it we can provide knowledge and insights into almost any information. Many public sector organisations have been developing their data science capability and back in April the data science unit in the Welsh Government was established. This blog gives an introduction to the unit.Continue reading