The development of the National Data Strategy framework document required an open call for evidences and a series of stakeholder engagements, which was made by the national Digital Department in June 2019. The digital department also intends to continue engaging the stakeholders and receiving evidences to further discuss the scope, ambition and current proposals within the strategy.
“The strategy is a central part of the government’s wider ambition for a thriving, fast-growing digital sector in the UK, underpinned by public trust. We want the UK to be a nation of digital entrepreneurs, innovators and investors, the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business, as well as the safest place in the world to go online. We will set out more on how we propose to support a digital drive for growth in our Digital Strategy, which we will be publishing in the autumn,” said Rt Hon. Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The data strategy sets out how to unlock the power of data for the UK, building upon initiatives such as the Industrial Strategy, the AI Review, the AI Sector Deal and the Research and Development Roadmap. The expected outcome is a framework for approaching and investing in data to strengthen the nation’s economy and create significant opportunities for the future.
In line with the new UK data strategy, the Digital Department said it is open to consultation with a focus on start-ups, charities and small businesses especially those currently struggling to use data effectively; technology and data-driven, or data-rich companies; investors in technology and data companies; civil society organizations focused on vulnerable people, consumer rights, digital rights, privacy and data protection; local authorities and other public bodies; academics, research and policy organizations with a particular interest in the role of data in the economy and society; international data standards, regulation and governance bodies; law firms and other professional business services.