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National Data Strategy

The National Data Strategy (NDS) is an ambitious, pro-growth strategy that drives the UK in building a world-leading data economy while ensuring public trust in data use.

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The framework National Data Strategy was published on 9 September 2020 and was open for consultation until 9 December 2020. The consultation period has now closed and the responses received are under consideration. Thank you for your insight, comment and collaboration to date.

We will be publishing the government’s response in due course.

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About the National Data Strategy

The aim of the National Data Strategy (NDS) is to drive the collective vision that will support the UK to build a world-leading data economy.

It will help ensure that people, businesses and organisations trust the data ecosystem, are sufficiently skilled to operate effectively within it, and can get access to data when they need it.

The NDS will also provide coherence and impetus to the wide range of data-led work across government, while creating a shared understanding across the economy of how data is used.

The story so far

In June 2019, we opened our call for evidence and ran a series of stakeholder engagements. A summary our findings from this process has been published alongside the strategy.

These findings were critical in helping us develop the National Data Strategy framework document. We are keen to continue engaging with stakeholders and receiving evidence to further discuss the scope, ambition and current proposals within the strategy. You can take part in the consultation until 11:45pm on 9 December 2020.

COVID-19 response

As with so many sectors, the COVID-19 crisis has caused us to reflect on our priorities. The UK’s response has only increased our understanding of the significance of data use within the economy, society and the public sector, underlining the importance of ensuring that data can be shared in timely and trustworthy ways. The National Data Strategy will take account of lessons learned from the COVID-19 response.

In the global recovery from this crisis, we must draw upon the UK’s long-championed values of transparency, accountability and inclusion. The sharing of best practice will be more vital than ever in ensuring that data underpins our future resilience and economic prosperity, throughout this crisis and beyond.

Blog posts about the NDS

Gaia Marcus, Head of the National Data Strategy, writes about her reflections after speaking at the Westminster eForum in May 2019.

Sam Roberts, Senior Policy Adviser in our Data Policy Team, writes about how roundtables are helping inform the National Data Strategy.

Sasjkia Otto, Vision Lead of the National Data Strategy, and Claire Donaldson, Engagement Lead of National Data Strategy Team, reflect on their findings from roundtable discussions as they move towards co-creating the long-term vision for the data ecosystem.

Sasjkia Otto, Vision Lead of the National Data Strategy, and Claire Donaldson, Engagement Lead of National Data Strategy Team write about travelling the country to learn how people from all walks of life want to live in 2030.

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Published 8 July 2019
Last updated 9 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Update to reflect end of consultation.

  2. Page amended to extend consultation deadline until 9 September 2020.

  3. Page update following NDS publication.

  4. Page update

  5. Updated to reflect the NDS Vision workshops being postponed because of the 12 December general election.

  6. Added details and dates of Vision workshops.

  7. Dates and registration details for the roundtables added.

  8. Added link to the blog post: How roundtables are helping inform the national data strategy.

  9. First published.