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Invitation to present at DataConnect23

Sue Bateman talking to group of people with a sign about DataConnect23 behind her. The sign says 'DataConnect23, #BringItTogether, Launch event 23 May, go to and provides the password to enter which is being blocked by Sue in the image.
Sue Bateman at the DataConnect23 launch event

Sue Bateman, Chief Data Officer at Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) discusses DataConnect23 following its launch event on 23 May 2023.

Bringing data experts together

Mark your calendars for 25-29 September 2023 for the third DataConnect conference. It is a partnered event by the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) and the Data Quality Hub (DQHub) at the ONS.

We created the event to highlight the interesting data initiatives that often don't get deserved attention.

DataConnect brings together data experts from across government. It has a diverse agenda created for, and led by, the public sector data community.

DataConnect is known for cross team collaboration and innovation. This week of free events offers an arena for anyone working with data in the public sector to:

  • publicly showcase their work
  • hold ‘show and tells’ to allow others to learn from past experiences
  • present new findings that have or might help inform government policy
  • make a meaningful difference

This year’s theme #BringItTogether centres on the storytelling nature of the event. Led by colleagues at all grades, it will offer:

  • technical stories about data design
  • strategic thinking about data leadership
  • interactive sessions

To realise our data ambitions, we need to work together as multidisciplinary teams, bridge different systems and maximise interoperability.

DataConnect23 offers a unique opportunity to enable service delivery across organisations, and for all to share data, skills and insights.

Launch event 

The launch event on 23 May offered a flavour of the topics and subject matter experts we are keen to involve in September.

Highlights included:

  • Chris Beeley, Lead Data Scientist, Strategy Unit, NHS Midlands and Lancashire, discussing the text mining of patient experience data. He showcased how he and his team had built an algorithm to read to help understand patient experience and better engage NHS staff.
  • A lively panel discussion around the role of data architecture in delivering an interoperable public sector which benefits citizens, featuring:
    • Rob Lee, Chief Data Architect, HMRC
    • Michal Poreba, Chief Data Architect, Department for Business and Trade
    • Tim Robinson, Chief Data and Information Architect, Defence Digital, Ministry of Defence
    • Debbie Wilson, Head of Data Architecture, Ordnance Survey

Benefits of attending

There are many advantages to attending or presenting at DataConnect23.

Benefits of presenting include:

  • enrich what you are doing as a data professional
  • encouragement to bring your passion project/ideas
  • share your learnings with others

Benefits of attending as a delegate:

  • connect with like-minded professionals
  • upskill
  • gain insights into trends
  • build a community
  • receive practical examples of how to tackle issues you're facing

This conference is an opportunity to enrich what you are doing as a data professional. We encourage you to bring your passion project or ideas, and share your learnings with others. By showcasing your work, you will enhance content, and broaden understanding for others.

Curating September’s event 

As one team, CDDO and DQHub will help interested speakers curate, lead and take part in varied sessions. Previous sessions have seen enthusiastic participants create content ranging from API platforms to data ethics.

This is an invitation to ask engaging speakers to present/run a talk or interactive session at this year's DataConnect. We are keen for you to take part, engage and network, and come away feeling inspired.

We know the ground-breaking work you do, now it’s time to shout about it, and discuss how you overcome challenges.

To register to attend or propose a session at DataConnect23 from 25 - 29 September 2023, please email or go to

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  1. Comment by Alexander Powell posted on

    I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for sharing such valuable insights regarding DataConnect23 and its launch event. Your detailed explanation about the conference and its aim to highlight innovative data initiatives is truly commendable. The collaborative nature of DataConnect, bringing together data experts from various government sectors, fosters cross-team collaboration and innovation in the public sector. The theme of #BringItTogether resonates with the storytelling aspect of the event, offering technical discussions on data design, strategic thinking on data leadership, and interactive sessions. Your emphasis on the importance of working together, bridging different systems, and maximizing interoperability reflects a strong commitment to achieving data ambitions and enabling service delivery across organizations. Thank you for providing a platform where professionals can showcase their work, share insights, and build a community. I am inspired by the opportunities DataConnect23 offers to enrich one's data profession, learn from others, and address the challenges we face. I look forward to attending and participating in this exciting event.

    • Replies to Alexander Powell>

      Comment by yasminakbari posted on

      Hi Alexander, thank you for your kinds words. We're so pleased to hear how enthusiastic you are about DataConnect23 and that you'll be participating.


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