Defra Data Transformation Programme Newsletter
Activity in Defra’s Data Transformation Programme continues to gather pace, and a quick look at the DefraDigital blog is as good a place, as any, to start to find out what’s been going on.
You may notice that we’ve begun to use our full name including ‘Transformation’, which was always there but often dropped, especially in the run-up to the opendefra target last year. The most popular posts on the blog (by shares and reads) are about doing things with data, transforming how Defra operates, and those that recognise that a key part of becoming data-driven is cultural. Data is important. But people are more important. We’ve picked out some highlights from the blog, including video interviews, for you in this issue.
Data transformation is already beginning to happen across Defra, by which we mean that an understanding of data as a valuable asset is becoming embedded in what we do, in things like the language and case studies in the forthcoming 25-Year Environment Plan green paper (watch out for more on this soon).
This time we are trying Mailchimp, but are still arriving at a format we hope works. We want this to be your newsletter, so please do let us know what you want to see, and if you have something data-related you want to tell others about, we can help.
Starting today, Wednesday 1 February at 16:00 we have #DefraDataHour. You can join in the conversation, or follow it even if you don’t have a Twitter account, by using the short link j.mp/defradatahour today's topic will be... 'What one thing could Defra do tomorrow that would help you use data better?'
Finally, we have an update this time from the Proof-of Concepts team, who are working on solutions to key Defra policy priorities that we think can be helped by a data-centric approach and will take us one step closer to the vision of a data-driven Defra.
Thanks for reading!
David and Stefan