Tech Policy

Working for a Think Tank: how to get a job, be effective and influence policy

14 Oct , 2016  

working for a think tank - book cover

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 […]


London 1854: the world’s first smart city?

5 Oct , 2016  

John Snow map of London cholera outbreak

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 […]

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Tech Policy

Government as a Platform – technology, data or business model?

29 Sep , 2016  

Government as Lego

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 […]

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The Rise and Rise of UK City Data Analytics

18 Sep , 2016  


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 […]

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Overcoming the hurdles to UK city data analytics

8 Aug , 2016  

Overcoming the hurdles to city data analytics

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 […]

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Offices of Data Analytics: next steps for London and the North East

28 Jul , 2016  

Office of Data Analytics North East

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 […]



Three Lessons on City Data Analytics from Mike Flowers

29 Jun , 2016  

Mike Flowers London Office of Data Analytics

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 […]

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Data, Tech Policy

UK Offices of Data Analytics – from rhetoric to reality

12 Jun , 2016  

Eddie Copeland Offices of Data Analytics

If you’ve heard me speak at a conference or read one of my blogs, you’ve probably gathered that I’m a big admirer of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA). At times I may have sounded like a broken record. In my defence, there are good reasons to be excited about the model […]

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Data, Videos

What does a good data market look like?

30 Apr , 2016   Video

On 29 April 2016 I took part in a lunchtime debate hosted by the Open Data Institute on the subject: What does a good data market look like? I was joined on the panel by Leigh Dodds, Chair of Bath: Hacked and ODI Associate; and Yodit Stanton, founder of Open Sensors. The comments I gave (see […]

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Data, Tech Policy

3 Steps to Save Local Digital Government

22 Mar , 2016  

Local Digital Government

We’ve cracked the easy stuff – now for the hard part… It was a graph that first provoked my interest in local government digital reform. Flicking through the pages of an LGA report on council funding, it suddenly appeared: two lines – one showing funding, the other expenditure – starting together in 2010 and quickly […]

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Mayor, whatever you want to do, data can help you do it better

8 Mar , 2016  

London Office of Data Analytics

An open letter to the next Mayor of London explaining why they need a London Office of Data Analytics. To the new Mayor of London, Congratulations on your election victory! No doubt you’re impatient to start delivering on your campaign promises. Just before you do, I’d like to highlight one point: no matter what your […]

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