Connected places need a connected data layer

Data creates challenges for connected places. 

Data provides value for ‘Connected Places’. But its usage creates many challenges. These challenges include: 

  • Collecting data. 

  • Data access governance. 

  • Protecting data. 

  • Extracting value from data. 

  • Data privacy and sharing. 

  • Managing the amount of data created. 

Data Hubs are seen as a way to overcome these challenges. But these rely on an "extract" process. This process copies data to a new much larger silo and that creates complex data architectures.  

The replication of data across silos quickly increase risk and cost. All of which add to the governance, privacy and sharing challenges.  

Data Hubs have become data dumps using flat files (csv, rdf, …). This isn't innovative, it's a folder on a web server with a few links. That doesn't harness the real-time capabilities that digital provides. 

COVID-19 has proven the need for trusted, real-time data. With Andy Burnham (Mayor of Manchester) pleading for real-time data to help the fight. 

To overcome this ‘Connected Places’ need a connected data sharing layer. This layer can reach across Government services and Public Sector borders. That allows trusted data to be enriched providing greater value.  

How a connected data sharing layer works. 

A connected data sharing layer creates a secure, trusted layer in which you share data. This allows connected places to reuse and re-purpose data in real-time. The data is easily extended, allowing for continuous ongoing data integration. That unlocks agility, creating resilience and delivers data mobility. 

secure data sharing layer connects to and reuses data from existing databases. It allows you to join-up and enriches data across database silos. It uses triggers to create a real-time push-based data architecture. This unlocks the value of digital.  

The data sharing layer allows connected places to swap systems keeping a common interface. That reduces risk and provides a faster time to value. 

The layer uses views. These views have access controls applied and get: 

  • Repurposed. 

  • Embedded. 

  • Joined-up. 

  • Automated. 

This unlocks the agility and flexibility that digital provides. That provides the ability to extend or replace systems either side of the data layer. 

A data sharing layer overcomes challenges for connected places. It: 

  • Removes the complexity when "collecting" data. 

  • Creates an Secure Access Governance layer.  

  • Provides flexibility when something changes, delivering agility. 

  • Controls data sharing and privacy. This is because it creates a single version of the truth. That truth gets reused and managed with additional logs. 

  • Enables greater flexibility to extend data. This unlocks new opportunities when visualizing information. 

  • Doesn't duplicate data across a number of places. This allows you to secure and trust information. 

  • Provides trigger to automate change. This supports ongoing real-time data streams. 

  • Joins up data. This enriches data within and across traditional borders. 

A data sharing layer allows you to start small and easily scale. This reduces upfront risk and cost, lowering the ongoing cost of ownership. That unlocks the agility that digital provides. 

Solution such as G8CC provide a low risk way to unlock data within the Public Sector. They provide a distributed data sharing layer that is simple to integrate and extend. They allow you apply structures that suit your needs. Solutions like this provide off the shelf, low risk software. For example in the Private Sector this software is used for: 

This unlocks new opportunity for the Public Sector. They securely release Government-2-Government and Government-2-Business to data sharing.  This allows connected places to enrich data across place based silos.  That  delivers a new opportunity for the Public Sector and third parties.

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