Mistakes happen of course, particularly when you are dealing with an evolving global pandemic, but we were surprised to hear the Department of Health was relying on Excel software to migrate public data to its main frame system.
The month of September is filled with policy promises from across the political spectrum. Some of these will sound like vote winners, but in reality, not many will have been tested in any meaningful way.
With the news that the virus would kill off A levels and GCSEs in their usual format, should students welcome results based on additional data points, not just performance in public exams?
Citizen-owned data initiatives are still relatively new outside of the midata eco-system, but change is coming, and CIOs of mid-sized consumer brands, not just the global players in regulated markets, will need a plan.
If your IT people are not talking to you about fabrics and weaves, they probably should be.
When we wish one another a happy new year, what do we really mean? In professional life, most would say for happy read successful, but how do we measure success?
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the life of Leonardo da Vinci and the most comprehensive exhibition of his work has just opened in Paris.
We’ve heard the scare stories - AI and robotics are going to be a destroyer of jobs on a vast scale. Not so, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its most recent future trends report: 'the future of work'.
The season of public exams is nearly over much to the relief of students taking GCSEs and A levels. But for how much longer will employers be content that a few letters or numbers adequately describe a young person’s strengths and capabilities?
The Royal Society’s recent report asks ‘Would international collaboration be affected if the UK left the EU’ and its answer appears to be ‘not really’.
The Home Office this week has opened its process to compensate Windrush applicants who were unable to prove their right to live in the UK.
An apt question for International Women’s Day. Yes! says Caroline Criado-Perez, who has managed without any apparent difficulty to fill a 432 page book with just such examples.
No one serious currently gathered in Katowice for the climate change summit disagrees with the aim of increasing the use of alternatives to fossil fuel, but the cost of doing so has concentrated minds this week.
The chancellor’s announcement of new investment for the NHS in Monday’s budget was both expected and welcomed, but recent comments from Sir Mark Walport are at least as newsworthy.
A Harvard professor and former economics adviser to Barak Obama, Jason Furman, will lead a review of competition in the UK digital economy, the Treasury announced today.
The chief executive of Ofcom, Sharon White, has called for new regulated industry standards for content platforms. She makes a sensible case for classifying Facebook et al as publishers pure and simple, and it doesn’t appear from his recent comments that Mark Zuckerberg would offer much resistance to this definition.