What should the UK’s Chief Data Officer do in their first 100 days? — REDUX

I wrote the words below in March 2015 — somewhat by chance — a few days before Mike Bracken was appointed the UK’s Chief Data Officer. He has since resigned. I ask the open question how much visible progress has been made since March on any of these issues?

Ok I am making an assumption that there is going to be a CDO but bear with me on that.

Will a CDO be the saviour of data in the UK?

Here is a starter for ten list:

  1. Work out who is responsible for data publishing and transparency — GDS (The Government Digital Service) or the Transformation Team in the Cabinet Office?
  2. Do something with data.gov.uk — a great idea but a bit like a marathon runner it seems to have hit the wall.
  3. Please sort out public sector data publishing — are central and local government working to the same standards?
  4. Give some oomph to the National Information Infrastructure, even a new name. Data is the life blood of the economy it should be sexy not boring.
  5. Mandate data registers for every public sector body as will now be the case in the US (and why not throw in the private sector as well why you are at it.)
  6. Data quality is appalling and a perennial issue — it should be everybody’s responsibility not just the person who pushes the publish button.
  7. Open, open, open — yes with the relevant caveats around privacy and security everything should be open.
  8. Education — so we are teaching coding to kids where is data in all this? Most organisations cannot function without data and data management but this is not entirely clear when you talk to public sector bodies. So education, education, education — about data.
  9. Make sure the UK stays at the top of the table for open data — but by using better metrics than the current lightweight assessments.
  10. Create a network of Chief Data Officers.

So that’s ten points written in ten minutes — what else is missing?

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