The Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand launched the Centre for Data Leadership after more than three years of listening and learning about the role of data in generating insights for cities, and how this can accelerate greater liveability, workability and sustainability in our communities.
We have observed the significant challenges that organisations are facing in their pursuit to become data-led and insights driven. While open and shared data practices, and policies, are proliferating, there seems to be a lack of leadership in 'activating' data.
By this we mean the use of actionable intelligence to allocate resources where it can deliver the greatest impact. And in addition, our willingness to amend policy and change our practices in response to what the data says, is lacking.
Put simply, we are not using data and insights to deliver the best possible social, environmental and economic benefits to the nation.
We don't believe we have a data problem. But rather, a data leadership opportunity.
As such, we will focus our work on:
raising greater awareness and capacity around the five Data Leadership Vitals - data purpose, privacy, security, ethics and governance
developing a Declaration of Data Leadership, providing organisations with a 'north star' for their data journey
convening government leaders to exchange and network around their data leadership work
helping shape government policy, programs and initiatives around data and insights that can achieve our mission of data leadership within this generation.