The mayor of London is setting up a special group to advise on how the city authority can develop its data strategy.
The mayor’s office has published an advertisement for members of a Data for London Advisory Board, saying it will be an independent, multi-sector leadership group to co-ordinate how data is used across the public and private sectors.
This will include shaping the new Data for London platform as a central registry and the development of a first city-wide data strategy.
The office has invited applications from the public, private and third sectors to fill six positions on the board, alongside 11 who will be appointed from specific organisations.
Diversity and principles
The advertisement emphasises a diversity in the board’s membership and says its work will be guided by principles set out in the mayor’s Emerging Technology Charter, published in September of last year. This involves four principles for implementing technology in London: be open; respect diversity, be trustworthy with people’s data; and be sustainable.
It will also pick up some of the work of the Smart London Board, which was wrapped up last year.
The plan is the latest step in efforts to make London a leading city in the use of data. In April the Greater London Authority indicated that it had begun a procurement for support in developing a new data sharing platform to replace the London Datastore.