Data science literacy
In 2016 I led the Discovery phase for a government data science literacy service aimed to help civil servants to understand how to use data science to inform the design and delivery of policy. I was part of the Better Use of Data Team in the Data Group in the Government Digital Service - a team made up of data scientists working on cross-Whitehall projects.
This work helped me to develop a detailed understanding of the needs of non-technical people when it comes to using data, and knowledge of a range of approaches which have been used to improve data literacy.
open data challenge series
I led the Open Data Challenge Series at Nesta, in partnership with the Open Data Institute, between 2013-2015. The Open Data Challenge Series was a series of 7 accelerator programmes to support startups and social entrepreneurs to use open data released by Government to create products to solve social problems.
A PWC impact assessment of the ODCS showed that the return on investment for the programme was between £5-£10 for every £1 spent.
As Head of High Value Data Strategy in the Transparency Team in the Cabinet Office between 2011 and 2013 I helped develop and champion the UK’s open data strategy. I worked with organisations such Ordnance Survey, Land Registry, Companies House and the Met Office to release high value open datasets.
I also helped in designing and launching the world’s first Open Data User Group. I subsequently was involved in drafting the Government Response to the Shakespeare Review and then lead a team of departmental account managers to create the UK’s National Information Infrastructure. This was the first time a Government had published such a catalogue of the data it held.