UK and France join forces to explore innovative use of data

Posted On: 14th July 2016

The UK-France Data Innovation Taskforce has published a series of recommendations on how the two countries could work together to use data to stimulate economic growth and improve society. Government Opportunities

The Taskforce’s report highlights the UK Government’s continuing work with European partners and its commitment to being an outward-looking and open trading nation.

The bilateral report also notes that both countries could learn from each other as they look to make their digital economies even more successful.

It makes 11 recommendations for collaboration around four themes – innovation, infrastructure, skills and trust, including:

  • establishing a data twinning programme for cities in regional areas with common industries and/or demographics
  • creating common data apprenticeship schemes and conversion courses to make sure both countries have access to skilled, cutting edge workforces
  • connecting tech clusters and tech SMEs via a ‘data innovators passport’ scheme to share ideas and extend startup networks in the UK and France
  • creating a Data Challenge Programme to bring organisations from each country together to solve problems and use data to improve citizens’ lives
  • sharing best practice on data skills, data policy and how to empower citizens to take control of their personal data

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:

“As the report makes clear, data will help fuel advances in the way government and businesses deliver services to consumers and will provide the building blocks for improvements in society.

The UK Government will continue to work closely with our European partners to make sure our tech firms and entrepreneurs are ready to capitalise on the opportunities data will provide, be that in exports, attracting and developing talent, or benefiting from inward investment.”

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