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Power of Data Conference Archive

We designed Power of Data, Swirrl's annual summit for thought leaders to be the kind of event that we ourselves wanted to attend. The tactic is simple: invite interesting, insightful people and let them talk.

2017, Museum of London

Better Statistics, Better DecisionsLaura Dewis Office for National Statistics

Laura talks about better statistics for better decisions. She highlights the need for statistics to be accessible and interoperable and discusses changes that the Office for National Statistics are making with publishing data.

The power of Open Data to the NHSRob Sinclair NHS Digital

Rob speaks about the power of Open Data to the NHS. He explains how MyNHS aims to bring together and publish Open Data to make a difference to services we all expect to be there when we need them.

What's that coming over the hill…?Steve Peters DCLG (now MHCLG)

Steve's talk concentrates on how quality data analysis can make for more efficient and effective policy and service delivery. From data monsters, who breathe the fire of expensive licences and hide data in caves, to data engineers who are integral to good data infrastructure, he provides real-world examples of how data analysis has led to a better understanding and measuring the impact of complex real-world problems across authorities.

Panel: I got the power! Paul Maltby (chair), in conversation with with Laura Dewis, Steve Peters and Rob Sinclair

Paul Maltby chairs the panel with Laura Dewis, Steve Peters and Rob Sinclair providing insights into data in government with points raised on data literacy, silos and privacy.

Making Where EverywhereEd Parsons Google

Ed speaks about the role of geography as part of the web and the work of OGC and W3C in making unstructured data more structured and making structured data visible.

Data platforms and the data value chainRic Roberts Swirrl

Ric talks about the wider perspective of data publishing, where the act of publishing itself sits within that, what it entails and the advantages it brings.

Panel: Data as Infrastructure Amanda Smith ODI (Chair), in conversation with Ric Roberts, Jenny Brooker (Ordnance Survey) and Ed Parsons

The ODI's Amanda Smith chairs the panel with Ric Roberts, Jenny Brooker (Ordnance Survey) and Ed Parsons on what what data infrastructure means in practice and what infrastructure we need most.

Data science for public goodTom Smith Office for National Statistics

Tom's talk centres on the new data science campus and the role it plays in using data analysis to grow the economy. He includes examples of their work and a call to arms for anyone using ons data to get in touch.

Using data to create impactJeni Tennison Open Data Institute

Jeni presents an innovative talk on data as a tool for more effective policy decisions. She discusses five different policy areas that data design patterns can be used in to make more timely and informed decisions.

You want the truth? You can't handle the truth! Jamie Whyte (chair) in conversation with Jeni Tennison, Gavin Freeguard and Tom Smith.

Jamie Whyte chairs a panel on data in a post-truth, alt-fact world with insights and opinions from Jeni Tennison, Gavin Freeguard and Tom Smith.