The availability of data has exploded in recent years. With new open platforms, it has become easier than ever to access and analyse information. This wave of available information has provided opportunity for innovation, disrupting many sectors of the economy. However, critical insights that directly inform public policy development are often hidden within large disconnected datasets. Too often analysts create interesting, often beautiful visualisations, but don’t directly address a policy problem. This requires the close cooperation of domain experts and technical specialists.
At this SGS Seminar our guest panel, including Professor Chris Pettit, Dr Kim Johnstone, Yuan Deng and Julian Szafraniec, looked at the emergence of data and digital platforms, and how they can impact good public policy and infrastructure investment.