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UK National Data Strategy

UK National Data Strategy

The UK National Data Strategy aims to harness the power of data to drive economic growth, improve public services, and benefit society as a whole. It sets out a framework for how the UK will unlock the value of data and create a world-leading data economy. The strategy focuses on five "Missions for Government":

  1. Unlocking the value of data across the economy
    • identifying which sectors will most benefit from wider data availability
    • identify government role in each area
    • running pilot projects
  2. Securing a pro-growth and trusted data regime
  3. Transforming government's use of data to drive efficiency and improve public services
    • overcome obstacles such as "real and perceived legal and security risks of sharing data; a lack of incentives, skills or investment to drive effective governance and overhaul data infrastructure; and a lack of consistency in the standards and systems used across the government"
    • improving the quality of government data
    • setting and driving the adoption of standards for government data
    • developing capability in data and data science across central and local government and adopting "data sharing by default"
    • opening government up to greater scrutiny and increasing accountability
    • building ethical frameworks and public trust
  4. Ensuring the security and resilience of the infrastructure on which data relies
    • improve or develop the security standards that are applied to providers of data infrastructure network services, cloud computing and data centres
    • contain the environmental impact of increased data use
  5. Championing the international flow of data
    • maintain EU data adequacy
    • implement an independent UK adequacy assessment capability
    • work to make cross-border data flows easier via WTO and G20
    • drive international standards that reflect UK values

In addition to this the strategy sets out a list of actions under the following headings:

  • Data Foundations
  • Skills
  • Data Availability
  • Responsibility

(summaries of all #todo)

Other related areass of policy include the National AI Strategy


See also


Parts of this note are based on Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0, and public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.