UK citizens want greater access to UK data, study shows

An Informatica study shows that UK citizens want greater access to public sector data to make informed decisions in areas including education and finance.

68 per cent do not believe the information currently available provides real value to them, 57 per cent of the respondents found the data confusing, 59 per cent do not trust the accuracy of the information and 68 per cent do not believe they have sufficient access to government data about themselves or public sector data as a whole.

62 per cent of respondents ranked education ahead of financial services, and public healthcare when asked what type of public sector data they would most benefit from.

Access to a broader range of education data could help parents make more informed decisions about which school would best suit their family’s requirements, based on data such as examination and Ofsted results, location and catchment area, course portfolio and specialist subjects.

Presenting data on financial services and healthcare in a more digestible system could also improve insight into investment, tax, benefits and local medical services.

Initial government proposals set out a clear objective by all political parties to personalise the data access experience for UK citizens looking for public sector data on themselves or on a particular government department.

43 per cent asked would like to access public sector information via a personalised online web portal, whilst 32 per cent would prefer to access it from individual departmental websites updated in real time with refined search capabilities, to tailor their search specifically according to the information they need.

Charles Race, VP Northern Europe at Informatica said: "People expect to find the information they need online to support informed decision making for personal matters, but without the ability to trust this data, its purpose is void."

"If not managed correctly, these complex government data sets simply present a sluggish and frustrating experience for users."

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