The Latest on The Bright InitiativeвЂ™s Support for the UKвЂ™s National Data Strategy: August 2021
This summer, The Bright Initiative took part in the very first meeting of the UK governmentвЂ™s National Data Strategy Forum. Co-chaired by the UKвЂ™s Minister of State for Media and Data, Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP, the meeting saw over 30 experts from different areas of the data ecosystem join together to discuss how the government and industry leaders can work together to implement a successful National Data Strategy (NDS).
As head of one of the worldвЂ™s leading data collection platforms, Bright DataвЂ™s CEO Or Lenchner offered his perspective on the value of data as a social and economic asset. Lenchner believes that the NDS creates a unique opportunity for enhanced transparency across the British economy and society.
вЂњData has emerged as one of the worldвЂ™s most valuable assets вЂ” both in driving economies forward and achieving social justice,вЂќ said Lenchner. вЂњThe NDS gives the UK a clear route to fully realising this potential and an industry leader like Bright Data has a responsibility to help ensure its success.вЂќ
In a blog post about the meeting, Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP wrote: вЂњI have always said that Government cannot вЂ“ and should not вЂ“ deliver on the ambitions of the National Data Strategy alone. The consultation exercise was helpful for validating our framework but we know that we canвЂ™t stop there вЂ“ we need to implement the strategy and we need to keep our ear to the ground to understand how the framework needs to evolve.вЂќ
The Bright InitiativeвЂ™s participation in the Forum builds on several activities related to the NDS, including the following:
- Supporting officials from the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) on research aimed at mapping the UKвЂ™s data skills needs.
- Working in partnership with the respected Institute for Government think tank to convene a meeting of data professionals from across UK Government agencies to discuss how they can implement the NDS.
- Contributing expert comment to specialist media serving the UKвЂ™s local government and training and skills sectors about the opportunities of the NDS and potential value of online data.
We look forward to taking the next steps in supporting the UKвЂ™s NDS.