UK Government publishes new strategy to boost digital transformation initiatives

The government also announced up to ten new Innovation Fellowships to support the digital transformation across government. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work closely with the Data Science team, Government Digital Service networks and a peer-group of exceptional talent.

UK Government publishes new strategy to boost digital transformation initiatives
UK Government publishes new strategy to boost digital transformation initiatives

UK Government publishes new strategy to boost digital transformation initiatives

UK Government has published a new strategy to focus on data and its effective use for the country’s recovery from the pandemic. It will allow companies and organizations to utilize it to drive digital transformation, innovation and boost growth across the economy.

The government also announced up to ten new Innovation Fellowships to support the digital transformation across government. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work closely with the Data Science team, Government Digital Service networks and a peer-group of exceptional talent.

In addition, 500 analysts will be trained in data science across the public sector by 2021 through the Data Science Campus at the ONS, the Government Analysis Function, and the Government Digital Service to meet the evolving needs of government.

A new Government Chief Data Officer will be appointed oversee the Government Digital Service and lead the Digital, Data and Technology function. They will be responsible for shaping and delivering the government’s innovation and transformation strategies.

To help arm the next generation with high-quality data skills, the Government will explore new ways to teach undergraduate students data skills that complement the existing current math and computing curriculums, as well as developing T-Levels which include qualifications on digital skills.

Dr Jeni Tennison, Vice President at the Open Data Institute said that he believes that data can help prepare everyone to navigate the challenges which may arise in the future, increasing their understanding of the changing world and informing everyone about the decisions they make.

This National Data Strategy consultation is an important opportunity for everyone to explore and influence how data should be used to support the UK’s economy, environment and communities, and they look forward to the debate.