Daniel Zeichner MP, the chair of the APPG on Data Analytics, has written a piece for Politics Home to mark the launch of the APGDA. Writing about data analytics, Daniel said:
Policy-makers must also consider whether we have the right infrastructure in place to deal with the growth in data we’re seeing. The Open Data Institute put this rather nicely so I’ll borrow their words: we should think about data as infrastructure in the same way we think about roads as infrastructure. Roads help us navigate to places; data helps up navigate to decisions. Are Departments collating and sharing data in a way that best maximises its potential? And does our workforce possess the necessary technical skills to keep up with the data revolution?
I look forward to working with the new APPG on such issues, bringing together experts and organisations approaching the topic from a broad spectrum of perspectives. Big data is a big deal and it’s here to stay – so let’s open the dialogue.