During the Socitm Annual Conference in October 2016, I spoke to UKA to record this video about Nesta’s collaboration with the GLA and 14 London boroughs to pilot a London Office of Data Analytics.
As the age-old saying goes, knowledge is power. The continued relevance of this morsel of wisdom seems to underpin at least part of the growing unease at the amount of data that corporate – and especially internet – giants hold about us, their users. It is healthy, many wonder, for so much personal data to […]
In October 2016 I chaired the two day Socitm Annual Conference in Milton Keynes. On day two of the conference, I outlined my views on the role of predictive analytics for the local government sector in the speech shown in this video.
Imagine it’s the day after the mayoral election in a UK city region. The victorious candidate gathers together the local authorities, the LEPs, the public sector bodies and citizen groups for the first time. “Right everyone,” says the Mayor. “City devolution gives us an opportunity to make progress on three things across the region. We’re […]
Nesta’s Office of Data Analytics (ODA) programme aims to help cities and regions join up, analyse and act upon data sourced from multiple local authorities and public sector bodies to reform public services. Our hypothesis is that the scale of the financial challenges facing the public sector is such that it’s not sufficient for individual […]
It was late June 2013 and I was in a state of complete panic. Having left a secure and well-paid job in fundraising the previous year, I’d been working on my own start-up business that aimed to build web and data products to help commuters. But having gone through different iterations of various ideas, including […]
What’s the first name that comes to mind when you think about a smart city? Elon Musk? Jeff Bezos? Travis Kalanick? It’s natural that we should leap to the technologists. Smart cities are, after all, about technology: driverless cars, drone deliveries and Minority Report-style signs that change depending on who’s looking at them. But I’ll […]
What exactly is Government as a Platform (GaaP) and does it have a future? This was the topic I was asked to address during a speech at the Oxford Internet Institute’s Platform Society conference on 22 September 2016. In my talk, which you can listen to via SoundCloud, I argue that the term might be […]
Supporting troubled families. Ensuring children are school-ready by the age of five. Tackling diabetes. Predicting and preventing fires. Identifying rogue landlords. Combating alcohol abuse. These are just a few of the things that UK cities are already tackling with data science. On 12 September, practitioners from Manchester, Bath, London, Essex, Sunderland, Birmingham, Sheffield and Cardiff […]
It’s no secret that Nesta’s current programme of work to pilot offices of data analytics in London (with the GLA and 14 boroughs) and the North East (with seven local authorities, the Digital Catapult and Sunderland Software City) is inspired by the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics in New York City (MODA). Yet it’s been […]
As announced in previous blogs, Nesta is working with the GLA and more than a dozen boroughs in London – and with local authorities, the Digital Catapult and Sunderland Software City in the North East – to pilot data analytics projects that address public service challenges. This post provides a brief update on the latest […]
I’ve previously written about plans by the GLA’s Andrew Collinge and Nesta to run a pilot for a London Office of Data Analytics, inspired by the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) in New York City. Last week saw significant progress when 15 London boroughs came together for a workshop with the GLA to select […]