Leading government’s ‘data revolution’

Interview: Paul Maltby, data director at GDS, talks about the challenges of data science, registries, open data and finding the balance for sharing A conversation with Paul Maltby about data creates an intriguing sense of excitement tempered by patience. He’s an evangelist for government doing a lot more with data to save money and improve services, but also emphasises that there are barriers to overcome, plenty of unknowns and a lot of work to do before realising the promise. “We’re only at the foothills of understanding the improvements we can make, and bringing in the technology, skills and processes to be on that,” he says. “But it’s real progress and data science is one of those expressions.” As director of data in the Government Digital Service (GDS) Maltby is quick…


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