NSW Data Champions Network holds second meeting

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 30 August, 2019

NSW Data Champions Network holds second meeting

The NSW Department of Customer Service (DCS) has held the second meeting of data champions from across the state government, aimed at helping to unlock the value of the large volumes of data held by government agencies.

The meeting of the Data Champions Network, hosted by the DCS’s Data Program and Practice Team, covered issues including the need to adopt national or international data standards to break down information silos.

Other topics covered at the event included the requirement to improve data quality through the automation of data processes, and the need for senior leadership to recognise the value of data while driving top-down organisational change.

During the meeting, participants were split into groups and asked to provide feedback on the draft NSW Government Data Governance Framework — a prototype being developed to improve consistency and maturity in data governance practices across government.

Also at the meeting, the DCS’s Dr Kate Cumming, Yvonne Lee and Sian Elliott showcased the recently launched Data.NSW platform, which allows users to search, find and use data across a range of open, spatial and agency data portals.

The website also hosts a series of data case studies from across government, as well as a discussion board forum for users of the site.

The Data Champions Network was established in 2018 to improve cross-agency coordination on data initiatives and improve data sharing and use across government. The first meeting was held in late 2018.

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