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UK appoints first Government Chief Data Officer

The UK Government has appointed Mike Bracken it’s first ever Government Chief Data Officer.

The Government Chief Data Officer will be  responsible for developing a new Government Data Standard, championing open data, and encouraging the use of data in the decision-making process, according to Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office.

“I’m delighted to announce that Mike Bracken, who has spearheaded this government’s digital revolution, will also become the government’s chief data officer,” said Mr Maude. ” He is the ideal person to take our already world-leading approach to open data even further, while strengthening data analysis skills in Whitehall”.

Mr Bracken will hold the position of Chief Data Officer alongside his current role as Head of the Government Digital Service.

The Chief Data Officer role was announced alongside the launch of two sets of principles to improve the transparency of government contracts. 

The principles “set out the requirement for the proactive release of information under the government’s existing commitment to publish contract information. They set a presumption in favour of disclosure, to encourage both government and suppliers to consider the information that should be made available when government signs a contract with a supplier”.