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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

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 high-quality 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 NDS is being developed and delivered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS), which leads across government on data-related policy issues, both within government and the wider economy.

What we’ve done so far

Our approach is to have a two-phased consultation, prioritising areas that will have the most impact on people’s lives, the services they use and the wider data economy they rely on.

The two-phased consultation will be focussed on evidence building, stakeholder engagement and testing the framework of the strategy.

Call for evidence

In June 2019 we published our call for evidence based on three pillars:

  • People

  • Economy

  • Government

Within these pillars we’ve set out a series of questions that we’re seeking further evidence on.

Roundtables

Alongside this we’re running a series of roundtables structured around the same themes. During this first phase, we’re focusing on engaging with academics, civil society and the public sector, as well as bodies that represent people and smaller businesses.

What happens next

After the call for evidence and roundtables, a full consultation, open to everyone, will follow in the autumn of 2019.

We’ll also be running more roundtables on the consultation. If you would be interested in hosting a roundtable please email us at nationaldatastrategy@culture.gov.uk.

We hope to deliver the final strategy and partnership action plan in 2020.

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.

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Published 8 July 2019
Last updated 16 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Dates and registration details for the roundtables added.
  2. Added link to the blog post: How roundtables are helping inform the national data strategy.
  3. First published.