Lack of skilled personnel a key barrier to adoption of data foundations
“There are many instances where public sector data is already available, but it is of varied quality and often not in an easily accessible, usable and consistent format, making it challenging to use by the private and third sectors.” Data foundations and AI adoption in the UK private and third sectors report.
Quality was overwhelmingly identified as the most important data characteristic to an organisation’s success, according to 41% of respondents to an EY study for the DCMS.
The aim of the report, Data foundations and AI adoption in the UK private and third sectors, was to assess the extent of their adoption in the UK private and third sectors, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The research also covered the impact of, and barriers to the use of data foundations.
The study found: “Government support in helping industries realise greater value from data foundations could positively impact the UK’s gross value-add (GVA).”
Common challenges around the adoption of data foundations included the availability of staff with relevant data skills, challenges with legacy infrastructure, and lack of funding.
These were identified across all sectors and industries of the UK economy.
The report suggested: “Data-driven interventions could include encouraging organisations to redeploy funds, with a focus on improving data foundations adoption and supporting new job market entrants and experienced professional retraining for more data-enabled, technically focused roles.”
The analysis focussed on three key area: 1. Value of data; 2. Adoption of data foundations and AI; and 3. Barriers to adoption.
68% of respondents said the Government had a role to play in helping organisations use data more effectively.
The report found, based on interviews: “There are many instances where public sector data is already available, but it is of varied quality and often not in an easily accessible, usable and consistent format, making it challenging to use by the private and third sectors.”
Future Care Capital & National Care Forum have submitted a joint response to the National Data Strategy in which we set out 15 principles, including:
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