How do we move to a data-led culture in UK research and education? The second in a series of reports to emerge from our horizon scanning project. Today, successful digital enterprises in every industry require a digital strategy that recognises the value of data, and digital institutions now need to embrace big data too. Doing so will enable the institution to take advantage of emerging techniques and approaches such as Gartner’s Insight Engines to generate actionable insights, improving equality and efficiency.
Data strategies need to take account of how data is collected, processed, stored, and acted upon, as well as its governance, provenance, and quality concerns, and the data literacy of both staff and students.
It is no longer enough for any organisation to rely solely upon data specialists working in silos. An understanding of the value of data to all institutional endeavours must be pervasive, just as wider digital literacies and IT skills have been argued for across the education landscape.