Ethics + tech

Thoughts from the Good tech conference in held in Brighton, 19th Nov 2018 Mapping company ownership Sam Leon and I spoke about the DataKind + Global Witness project using network graphs to map corporate control. This research exposed the substantial degree of law-breaking in company filings. For more about this project, read Sam’s blogpost. Mapping corporate…

Reflections on a DataDive

“I made a graph!” someone announces from the front of the room. The crowd cheers. Welcome to a DataDive. There are around 90 volunteers in the room. Most are from the ONS or the University of Southampton’s Astrophysics department,  both of whom partnered with DataKind to put on the DataDive. The volunteers have self-selected into two teams. On the left hand side, with red…

Mastering data for good

As fun as it looks, I don’t aspire to be a data journalist. Yet in September last year, I began a Masters in Computational and Data Journalism. I had a career shift in mind, so I quit my job and wrote a (too long) list of things I wanted to learn to prepare me for…

Fighting corporate corruption with open data

This blog explains how DataKind and Global Witness partnered to build the world’s first network graph mapping corporate control in the UK. In June 2016 the UK government launched a new initiative, a world first: it required companies to register who was actually in control. Recent investigations have added to the case for greater transparency in…

What Women Want

In this blog I will summarise the data analysis undertaken for the What Women Want 2.0 campaign. A lot of great stuff happened on International Women’s day (7th March). Part of the chorus of voices was the What Women Want 2.0 campaign. Over the course of the campaign, over 8,000 women answered the question What do you…

How do I get my organisation to do data science?

So you’re expertly trained in data science, managed to get a great-looking job in your field…. and do basic analytics day to day. Often individuals learn, adapt and innovate quicker than organisations do – so you might find yourself with wicked skills in an organisation that doesn’t know what to do with them. This can…

Doctor Doctor! Money and the NHS

Unless the next Government allocates more money to the NHS, health services in England will lose 16 per cent of per person funding by 2020, compared to historic funding rates. That’s £1 in every £6.  There’s a lot of local variation in health spending, so we made NHScuts.org.uk to show the local impacts of changes…