Leading Defra’s Data Revolution

This week we will be advertising the exciting, challenging and rewarding role of Deputy Director for Data in Defra on the Civil Service Jobs portal. This role is key for leading Defra’s unique and exciting data transformation programme, building on

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Why, what and how: modernising Defra

People beyond ‘the world of Whitehall-watching’ should care about reform in government, Liz Truss told an audience at a recent Institute for Government event, because ‘the how’ is inextricably linked to the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ – the mission a

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Natural England opens-up seabed datasets

Following the Secretary of State’s announcement in June 2015 that Defra would become an open, data driven organisation we have been working hard at Natural England to start unlocking our rich collection of data. We have opened up 71 data

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Revolutionising our food and farming industry

Elizabeth Truss has encouraged farmers and the food industry to seize the opportunities offered by open data as the global population grows towards 9 billion.The Secretary of State was speaking at an Open Data Institute conference: ODI Futures Agriculture, December 2, where she reiterated

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ODI Futures: How can open data improve farmers’ choices?

In April 2015, agriculture company Syngenta published its first open datasets as part of The Good Growth Plan, with a view to improving global resource efficiency, soil and biodiversity conservation, and the prosperity of small farms in developing countries. But

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Defra to open up Family Food Survey data

Survey results going back to the 1940s will be released in the department’s latest contribution to the open data campaign   Data from the Family Food Survey is now in line to be made available for re-use as part of

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Data in Whitehall: which UK departments are the least and most open?

Few are brave or foolish enough to publicly disagree with the idea that public bodies should publish as much of the data they hold as possible. After all, we need information – whether it be on projects, salaries, decisions or spending

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Defra’s opening up its data

This image was taken using LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology, by shooting a laser beam down to the ground from an aircraft. LIDAR is useful for all sorts of applications, and the Environment Agency (an arms-length body under the

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Beginning to accelerate….

Yesterday, Thursday 30th July 2015, has been a real step forwards in the #OpenDefra accelerator project work. We have spent the past month or so working out how we are going to approach delivering the Secretary of State’s ambitious Open

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What we learnt at the First #OpenDefra Data Governance workshop

Hi, I’m Lisa Allen; I am the lead for the data governance workstream of the #OpenDefra Data Programme. On 25 June the Secretary of State set out her vision for open data to transform food and farming. She gave a

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