GDS sharpens focus on data science

Written by Sam Trendall on 21 July 2017 in News
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New hubs and second conference planned for next year

The Government Data Science Partnership now has five hubs across the UK for its accelerator programme

The Government Digital Service has unveiled measures to boost the data science skills of people across the public sector.

Earlier this year, GDS teamed up with the Office for National Statistics and the Government Office for Science to create the Government Data Science Partnership. The aim of the programme was to help government workers develop skills, and to enable the public sector to make the most of data science.

In a blog penned by policy advisor Dawn Duhaney, GDS revealed that it is expanding its Data Science Accelerator scheme, which was set up to provide data-science training to analysts from across the public sector.


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The programme began life with ‘hubs’ in London, Sheffield, and Newport, added a location in Newcastle earlier this year, and has now set up shop in Bristol. A total of 60 civil servants have already graduated from the accelerator, and an intake of three cohorts a year will go through each of the five hubs.

In addition, the Data Science Partnership intends to create a range of training offerings for non-analysts.

The body will also hold its second Government Data Science Conference in 2018.

Duhaney said: "Across government, departments are beginning to realise not only the value of the data they hold, but also how they can use data science to make more effective, data-informed decisions."

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