The RSS Data Manifesto gives ten recommendations on how the UK government can improve data for policymaking, democracy and for the prosperity of society as a whole.
The manifesto calls for official statistics to be at
the heart of policy debate, for greater investment in research and development,
as well as public involvement in the conversation about how data is used.
It was first published in 2014, updated in 2016 and we
have now built upon these priorities with a new manifesto for 2019.
Read the Data Manifesto [PDF]
The ten recommendations are:
official statistics are at the heart of policy debate
- Commit to greater data sharing between government departments for statistics
and research purposes
basic training in data handling and statistics for politicians, policymakers
and other professionals working in public services
the commitment to keep pace with other leading scientific nations on investment
in research and development
- Give the Office for National Statistics and the wider Government Statistical
Service adequate resources
for the data economy by skilling up the nation
- Involve the public in shaping the conversation about how data is used.
- Misinformation needs countering but without undermining free speech
beyond averages and break down data to a much more granular level
- Keep data regulation updated to protect the public