Can big data improve your local area?

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Can big data improve your local area?

Can big data improve your local area?

Big data should be used to improve your local area say researchers at an Essex based Data Research Centre.

The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre and the Local Government Association (LGA) are bringing together local authority decision makers and academic researchers to identify how data analytics can be used effectively by local authorities in a seminar, Supporting local authorities through data driven solutions held on 20 November in Westminster.

Local councils deliver over 1,500 services to local citizens but face challenges to manage the increasing demands of their local places and to deliver better public services while reducing costs.

Gesche Schmid, LGA said “data driven solutions are seen as one of the panaceas to gain greater insight and guide decision makers to find efficiencies, while also meeting the demand of the community.’

Bringing together academic research and local authority expertise the seminar will continue the work of the Data Research Centre who have been collaborating with local authorities to identify, understand and develop key questions for future research to deliver solutions for local places using advanced data analytics.

Data Research Centre director Professor Vania Sena added: “Our local places are flooded with data but by themselves, data have very little value. By working together with local councils our researchers can offer the time, skills and resources to ensure research using that data can have real world impact and improve your local community.”

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About us

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is a collaboration between the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and LSE that aims to help analysts and researchers use data more effectively.

The LGA is a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems.