In order to keep society safe and secure, the UK Government relies on access to trustworthy and readily available data. Critical data and analytics are required to identify organised crime groups, people traffickers, drug smugglers and other threats to society. This data works to ensure that people and freight movements are lawful, and activities such as controlling visas and immigration are compliant.
Many mission critical decisions around safety and security need to be made in seconds, requiring accurate data to be available at the right time, from a number of data sources. The variety and complexity of UK Government data requirements present challenges: the time and cost to on-board new data sources and the need to rapidly share information across the organisation to support time-critical decision making.
Effective data sourcing and acquisition is the foundation of any enterprise-scale data and analytics initiative. The UK Government Data Services & Analytics (DSA) department is executing a strategic initiative to become the leading provider of data insight services for Government.
A key part of this strategy is bringing together the best talent from across the UK Government, the hiring of industry expertise, and the adoption of leading data and analytics practices, from both public and private sectors, to transform DSA capabilities.
Delivered in late 2019, one of the capabilities resulting from this strategy is an enterprise-scale data ingestion service, enabling the acquisition of a variety of data from UK Government, cross government and commercial sources to accelerated timescales.
The data ingestion capability delivers two principle functions to facilitate the acquisition and availability of data:
The service operates in a secure public cloud environment, with associated cost savings and scalability benefits.
Access to more data sources, delivered at greater speed, with higher accuracy, and improved quality. This directly benefits society by providing more trustworthy information to enable accurate and timely decisions to be made and provide improved public services.
Benefits delivered by the DSA enterprise ingestion capability include:
As a result of DSA’s strategic initiative, the UK Government now has reliable access to a number of trustworthy data sources with the ability to acquire data sources quickly and efficiently.
The DSA strategic data ingestion service is helping the UK Government to adapt to rapidly evolving threats and to effectively protect the citizens of UK.