ODI welcomes Information Economy Strategy – launched at G8 Innovation Conference

The ODI has welcomed the publication of the UK Government’s Information Economy Strategy. It is being officially launched by the Prime Minister at the G8 Innovation Conference in London. The event is being attended by a group of international business leaders, including the ODI’s CEO, Gavin Starks.

The Information Economy Strategy sets out a range of key actions, including:

  • Digitally transforming 25 of the top 50 UK public services over the next 300 days, including plans to give businesses a single, online view of their tax records
  • Launching a new programme to help 1.6 million SMEs scale up their business online over the next five years.
  • Publishing a data capability strategy in October 2013, developed in partnership with government, industry and academia. The strategy will build on the recommendations in Stephan Shakespeare’s review of Public Sector Information and the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology’s report on algorithms, and will be published alongside the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan.
  • Establishing the world’s first facility for testing state of the art 5G mobile technology, working with industry and the University of Surrey.

ODI Chairman, Professor Nigel Shadbolt said:

"The Open Data Institute welcomes the Government's Information Economy Strategy. The UK is world leading in the policy and implementation of open data and this one of the pillars of the strategy. The strategy also recognises the need to continue sustained investment in this and other data capabilities not least in training a next generation of data entrepreneurs and innovators."

Delegates from the G8 Innovation Conference are visiting the ODI on Friday 14th June

Read the ODI’s response to the Shakespeare Review