IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Government launches National Data Strategy to boost economic recovery

Use of data is something to be "embraced, rather than a threat to be guarded against", says DCMS

A view of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster

Data could help the country's economy recover from the pandemic, the government believes, sparking a new strategy from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support the use of data in the UK. 

The National Data Strategy will put data at the "heart of the country's recovery from the pandemic", according to Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden.

The strategy will set out five "priority missions" that the government must take to capitalise on the opportunities that data use offers and is a central part of its plans to create a thriving, fast-growing digital sector to help boost the economy as it navigates the recession. Companies and organisations will be able to access it to drive digital transformation, innovate and boost growth across the economy, DCMS said.

It includes plans for 500 analysts to be trained up in data science across the public sector by 2021 and the creation of a government chief data officer to lead its approach to transform its current use of data to drive efficiency and improve public services. Legislation is planned to boost participation in smart data initiatives, which can empower people to use their own data to find better tariffs in areas such as telecoms and energy. There will also be a new £2.6m project to address current barriers to data sharing and support innovation to detect online harms.

"Our response to coronavirus has shown just how much we can achieve when we can share high-quality data quickly, efficiently and ethically," Dowden said. "I don't intend to let that lesson go to waste."

"Our new National Data Strategy will maintain the high watermark of data use set during the pandemic - freeing up businesses, government and organisations to innovate, experiment and drive a new era of growth," he added. "I am absolutely clear that data and data use are opportunities to be embraced, rather than a threat to be guarded against."

The National Data Strategy will look at how the country can use existing strengths to boost use of data in business, government and civil society. The government's new chief data officer will oversee digital services and lead the digital, data and technology function. 

Featured Resources

Accelerating AI modernisation with data infrastructure

Generate business value from your AI initiatives

Free Download

Recommendations for managing AI risks

Integrate your external AI tool findings into your broader security programs

Free Download

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud

An introduction to cloud databases

Free Download

Powering through to innovation

IT agility drive digital transformation

Free Download

Most Popular

Former Uber security chief to face fraud charges over hack coverup
data breaches

Former Uber security chief to face fraud charges over hack coverup

29 Jun 2022
Macmillan Publishers hit by apparent cyber attack as systems are forced offline
Security

Macmillan Publishers hit by apparent cyber attack as systems are forced offline

30 Jun 2022
FCC commissioner urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok from app stores
data protection

FCC commissioner urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok from app stores

29 Jun 2022