Collaboration is key to doing data better

A talk by Roger Halliday
Chief Executive Officer at Research Data Scotland and Chief Statistician at the Scottish Government, Research Data Scotland

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About this talk

Research Data Scotland (RDS), which launched in September 2021, is a collaboration between the Scottish Government, Scotland’s leading academic institutions and public bodies which aim to facilitate insight from data to support the public good.

Scotland has a wealth of public sector data but traditionally it has been locked away in lots of individual systems, across multiple organisations, in formats that are difficult to access or compare. As a collaboration between the Scottish Government, public bodies, and Scotland’s leading academic institutions, RDS brings together expertise from a range of existing data-led programmes across the public sector to help make data-driven research in the public good easier with a commitment to always handle data legally, ensuring privacy is maintained and that research is carried out transparently.

By linking health and social care data with wider public sector data in areas such as housing, employment, and education, Research Data Scotland will create opportunities for us to use the data in new and different ways.

In this talk the audience will learn:

• How RDS has evolved since its launch in 2021

• How collaboration is important in the Scottish data network to deliver positive outcomes

• The importance of transparency and public engagement on data research

• RDS’s service model and new data offering

• The importance of data in delivering good decisions and how RDS will deliver key outputs for Scottish society and beyond.

• And what the data landscape will look like in the future

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