The way data is being put to use continues to explode. From purely statistical research in the past, to the ‘big data’ bubble, data is getting copied and reused in novel and interesting ways. All it seems to need is an idea and a dataset, and the two don’t even have to be connected for government to show interest.
At least three of the five priorities of the government’s forthcoming comprehensive spending review are likely to have large data components. This will set the funding for government bodies for the next five years and is the underlying basis for all decisions made during this parliament. At the same time, the data trust deficit is as big as ever, and growing as policy makers just keep on digging.