August Newsletter 2016

As champions of data use and sharing the Data Futures Partnership is looking forward to the Open Source // Open Society Conference on 22-23 August (Wellington).

The conference is set to be two days of inspiration, professional development and networking. Our own Working Group member, Lillian Grace, will be speaking with the Hon Bill English (Minister of Finance) in what is being billed as a ‘fireside chat’.

As well as Lillian, there will be a host of inspirational and world-leading speakers from across the globe. Tickets can be purchased at 

Our Conversation with New Zealanders

Data Futures has created a Facebook page as an avenue to engage with New Zealanders on the topic of data sharing in our country.  We hope the page will encourage discussion about key issues and deepen our understanding around public perceptions of data sharing. This information will be used by the Partnership to inform our work as we draft guidelines for organisations seeking to develop their own social licence for data use. To join the data discussion ‘like’ our Facebook page at

Alongside our online activity we will soon be engaging directly with New Zealanders in communities across the country. We want to champion the opportunities of data sharing, but also explore people’s nervousness.  This will build on the work we have already been doing through workshops and discussions.  Earlier this week we had a really interesting session with the Smart Grid Forum and learnt more about data opportunities in the electricity industry. 

Further reading

In the course of our discussions around data use, we are going to use three topics in order to focus our conversations.  These topics are:

-    Sharing of personal health records
-    Internet of things 
-    Social investment

Each topic will enable us to explore particular data sharing issues and understand how New Zealanders respond to them. The Partnership has commissioned two literature reviews on the first of these topics and these are now available on our website (external link) .

If you would like to engage with the Partnership or know of an organisation that is struggling with a particular data challenge, please do get in touch.  We would love to hear from you.