Central government 'reluctant to share data with councils'

Written by Colin Marrs on 28 January 2016 in News

Less than a third of central government civil servants say their department shares data with local government, according to a new survey.

A poll of 4,400 UK officials found the low score (31%) came despite data sharing with councils being a priority with 83% of respondents.

Supplier CGI, which carried out the poll, sad that the results showed the need for a greater focus on data sharing across the public sector.

Steve Thorn, senior vice president for the public sector at CGI, said: “During the spending review the chancellor lent support to both digital technologies and greater collaboration as critical approaches to achieving transformation across the public sector.

“However, this research clearly demonstrates that more needs to be done to foster data sharing within the public sector if we are to deliver on the efficiency opportunities presented by greater collaboration.

“Sharing data within Whitehall is to be encouraged but it’s only half the battle - local government organisations need to be a key part of the action too.”

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The majority of those surveyed (71%) said that they share data with other central government departments.

When asked what barriers existed to sharing more data, the most cited example was cyber security concerns (49%), with interoperability second on 38%.

Only 8% of respondents said their department makes data available via open data platforms.

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Len (not verified)

Submitted on 28 January, 2016 - 15:20
Data-Sharing in the Danish Government Administration Public authorities in Denmark register various kinds of core information about individuals, businesses, real properties, buildings, addresses, and more. This information, called basic data, is re-used throughout the public sector (by administrations at the local, regional, central level) and is an important basis for public authorities to perform their tasks properly and efficiently - not least because an ever greater number of tasks have to be performed digitally and across units, administrations and sectors. However, basic data also has great value for the private sector, partly because businesses use this data in their internal processes and, partly, because the information contained in public-sector data can be exploited for entirely new products and services. To further improve data management, data sharing and data re-use, the Danish government has launched the Basic Data Programme: http://www.digst.dk/~/media/Files/English/Grunddata_UK_web_05102012_Publication.pdf

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