Data Catalysts Announced

Data Futures is delighted to announce that it has made a further investment in 3 catalyst projects. The Data Futures Working Group decided to progress existing projects that had demonstrated promise, develop them and test their scalability. 
Given the Partnership’s focus on driving trusted use, we wanted to support projects that would demonstrate the Data Futures’ principles of trust or control, as well as the concept of social licence for data use. 
The Working Group identified 3 existing projects which met this criteria and invited them to develop a proposal to advance their project.  They are:
Data Futures supported the development of a blueprint for a Data Commons where data is shared and controlled by participants based on a high trust relationship.
The additional funding will design prototypes, involving a small number of organisations who will pool data to develop and test the methodology.
Manaiakalani partnered with parents and teachers and collected data to design tailored solutions to future housing opportunities in Tamaki. This community sourced, ‘bottom-up’ data collection demonstrated the value of social licence and tested issues relating to an individual’s trust and control of their data.
The next stage of this project will further develop the collection of community sourced data, extending it to health and education information sourced from the Tamaki area. The aim is to use this community sourced data to set out pathways for improved education outcomes.
2Shakes, a GovTech start-up, is a cloud software solution that simplifies the client sign-up process for professionals like bookkeepers and lawyers.
In its first catalyst project, 2Shakes captured the authority to act on behalf of a client when an agreement has been made.  2Shakes’ software digitises the agreement, sets up the authority, and then retains the records so the authority can be checked or changed.
The project will address the upcoming Anti-Money Laundering legislation which increases the requirements on professionals for paper-based identification.  They are also looking at digitising and streamlining the bond refund process for the benefit of tenants and landlords.

Social Licence for Data Use
In the coming weeks we will be publishing draft social guidelines designed to help organisations use data in a trusted way.  They are informed by our engagement with thousands of New Zealanders and will reflect what people told us. I am really looking forward to sharing this important piece of work and partnering with organisations to test and revise them.