Reflections from a new digital leader

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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!

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Unlocking the value of our information with data science

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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.

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Guest Blog: Using Geospatial data to underpin research and policy decision making in Wales

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Dr Richard Fry is a Senior Lecturer in Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Swansea University Medical School. Here he explains the role that geospatial data and geographical mapping are playing in producing research to inform policy in Wales.

swansea_singelton_campusWales is a geographically and socially diverse country meaning that where we live and work plays a huge part in our health and wellbeing. With the impact on health and wellbeing at the forefront of all policy decisions in Wales, it is clear that as a nation we need to understand more about how, and why our geography affects us in Wales.

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Guest Blog: Introducing Unlocking the power of location: the UK’s Geospatial Strategy

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The Geospatial Commission is an expert committee that sets the UK’s geospatial strategy and promotes the best use of geospatial data.  In this guest blog the Geospatial Commission introduce their National Geospatial Strategy.

This blog is part of a blog-exchange with the Welsh Government.

geospatial imageLocation is a defining element of the way we live, work and socialise. It can impact the services and spaces we have access to, the language and accent we speak in, even the quality of our wifi connection. Understanding the world in terms of location, using location-based data, is crucial to the functioning of modern society. This is most strikingly demonstrated today by the role location data continues to play in the response and recovery to the coronavirus pandemic. Has the question of ‘where?’ ever been more relevant?

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Open Data – Did we work it all out?

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You may recall we previously told you about our plans for an Open Data Workshop. Well, last month we brought together over 50 people working for the public sector, private organisations and the third sector (such as charities). It was great to see such a range of people and organisations with an interest in open data. We were also pleased that those who attended found it useful, and we would like to thank them all for making it an entertaining, enjoyable and thought provoking event. Continue reading

Equality Data + Working Together = Open Data

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Image of a data logoMaking data easily accessible is something all Welsh public bodies should be doing, whether it’s Welsh Government, your local authority or your local health board. It’s probably fair to say that in reality there’s room for improvement. The good news though is that we’re working together to find ways to do things better. Continue reading