In data terms, people are living in a golden age. The amount of information available to the government is exciting and has the potential to do a lot of good, as well as streamline processes and make millions of lives easier. However, it’s fair to say, that it is not being utilised it to its full effect.
Two giants come together to collaboratively combat diseases using the power of technology. In theory, wonderful idea. In practice – train wreck. I’m talking about the fiasco earlier this year involving the NHS and Google DeepMind, of course.
‘Mind the gap’. That’s a mantra familiar to many Londoners as they negotiate the capital’s tube system in order to get to work. The link with data may not be apparent immediately.
But it is also highly applicable to Government as it seeks to bridge the gap between how services should – and do work. Although Government departments might use data every day, this doesn’t mean they always use it effectively.