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Big Data and Policy: report from Cambridge workshop

last modified Aug 05, 2015 11:21 AM

On 3rd December 2014 CSaP ran the first of its Data Science and Policy workshops, entitled "Big Data and Policy". This workshop was organised in partnership with Public Health Genomics (PHG) Foundation and the Cambridge Big Data Strategic Research Initiative. The workshop was chaired by Professor Anna Vignoles from the Faculty of Education.

This workshop, comprised of a wide range of expertise and policy experience, was the first policy challenge discussion in its series. It was aimed at identifying some of the key opportunities for government to improve the delivery and implementation of public services by using novel tools to link and analyse large governmental datasets.

Prof. Vignoles opened the workshop, outlining some of the policy challenges and potential opportunities of using data science for policy and governance, before introducing presentations from Peter Wadhams (DAMTP) on climate change, Sheila Bird (MRC Biostatistics) on health, Professor Vignoles herself on linked administrative data in education research, and Chris Fleming (Head of Data & Analytics at the Government Office for Science) on approaches within government to use data in decision-making.

For a report of the day and links to the speaker presentations, visit the CSaP website

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