This project set out with the aim of helping London’s public sector organisations quickly and easily share data with each other when it is appropriate to do so, in a way that is legal, ethical and secure.
Data collaboration has long been known to be hard for a number of reasons. Many are linked to the fact that each borough has a different approach and set of tools for completing the Information Governance (IG) process.
LOTI has therefore:
- Designed an outcomes-based methodology for data projects
- Advocated the use of the London DataStore as the default platform for data sharing
- Agreed that the Information Governance Group for London (IGfL) will be the primary conduit for vetting and endorsing pan-London data projects
- Standardised boroughs’ approach to Information Governance
- Advocated the use of the Information Sharing Gateway as the primary means for creating information sharing agreements
- Co-created Dapian, a digital Data Privacy Impact Assessment Tool, with councils around the UK.
- Created standard wording to go into every technology contract and tender to ensure councils can access all system data.
LOTI is now campaigning for boroughs to implement six specific measures to improve data sharing, as outlined in this article.