Public Sector Data Summit 2023

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Holyrood Connect is delighted to announce the return of the portfolio’s newest annual event, our Public Sector Data Summit, to be held on Tuesday, 14 March 2023 at COSLA, Edinburgh. After a wildly popular inaugural event, the 2nd annual Public Sector Data Summit will continue to establish itself as one of the premier events for Scottish public sector data professionals.

This year’s event will focus on providing real-life examples of data use within the public sector for delegates to learn from. These stories of challenge, persistence, and collaboration will hopefully inspire delegates as well as offer them a sense of community that leads to greater understanding and growth. The event will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear the latest developments around data sharing, maturity, strategy, and analysis, as well as to network with leading figures, peers, and industry representatives. Throughout the day, audience members will be able to include their own voices in the discussion through Question & Answer portions. Sessions of a variety of formats, including panel discussions, case studies, and plenary presentations, will delve into elements such as:

  • Reflections on data’s role within the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy as well as the overall state of data within the Scottish public sector.
  • The complexity regarding the sharing and security of health and care data.
  • The needle being threaded around the ethics of data use with regards to privacy, ownership, and intention.
  • Examples of fellow public sector organisations’ data use challenges and the process of overcoming them.

This event is free-to-attend for those working in the public or third sectors. Register now to secure your place. If you work in the private sector, please email us to be added to our waiting list.

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David Murdoch
Argyll and Bute Council
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Carole Morris
Data and Digital Innovation, Public Health Scotland
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Stephen Peacock
Information Commissioner's Office
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Allena Matheson-Dear
Cyber and Fraud Centre Scotland
Chris Fitzpatrick
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Prof. Matthew Chalmers
University of Glasgow
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Dr Corri Black
Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science , The University of Aberdeen
Tony Walsh
Zerto, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Ally McAlpine
The Scottish Government
Carol Sinclair
Digital Health and Care Directorate, The Scottish Government
Dr Michaela Omelkova
Data & Intelligence Network, The Scottish Government
Nora Cooke O’Dowd
Research Data Scotland
Sally Kerr
Technical Data Policy Team, Digital Directorate - The Scottish Government
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Fiona Strachan
Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme, University of Edinburgh
Nicola Cooper
Scottish Care
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Alan Howie
Registers of Scotland
Gemma Milne
The University of Edinburgh
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Michael McLaughlin
Housing Associations Charitable Trust
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Albert King
NHS National Services Scotland

In the opening session of Holyrood’s Public Sector Data Summit 2023, a series of public sector leaders will set the stage on the state of data in Scotland. Through a series of plenary presentations, delegates will hear about the current landscape of data within the Scottish public sector, including strengths and weaknesses, as well as immediate next steps that should be taken. The session will conclude with a short audience Q&A where individuals can ask the presenters questions.

In this masterclass, the Cyber and Fraud Centre will showcase cyber exercising and its benefits to organisations. Cyber is ofttimes neglected and left to the IT department to deal with alone, however, it is the responsibility of each team member and cyber exercising is a great way to get this message out there. We will then share information about Exercise in a Box; a free tool developed by the National Cyber Security Centre, that you can use in your organisation.

With Zerto and DataVita

Ransomware presents a number of different challenges and therefore requires a new approach to protection and recovery. In this short session we will demonstrate different types of ransomware attacks and the ways of how Zerto can ensure recovery.

Panel A: Data within Scottish Health & Care

The first of two options in our split audience panel sessions will unpack the complexities of data use within the health and care sector. Using the framework of Scottish health and care, a panel of leaders will delve into key issues including the newly released data strategy and the development of a national digital platform. The panel will also touch on information governance and security concerns central to the sector. 


Panel B: Ethical Use of Data

In the second of two options for our split audience panel sessions, a handful of experts will discuss the potential risks associated with data use. The panel will unpack complexities around data gathering, sharing and use.  

This session will be comprised of an engaging panel discussion between public sector and industry experts that focuses on organisations’ continued progression in data maturity. The panel will touch upon the role of data maturity assessments and the importance of understanding organisations’ current data state. It will also consider areas for improvement, such as skills, tools and leadership.

The final session of the day will be centred around measuring, analysing, and understanding the significance of data and its impact on the Scottish public sector and beyond.  Panellists will delve into how best to fully capture the value of citizens’ data being gathered and used across the sector and how to maximise the impact it has on the public ethically. 

A chance to catch up with colleagues at the end of the day over a free drink or two (beer, wine and non-alcoholic options will be available).

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