How LODA Works

Organised by and housed in the GLA’s Intelligence Team, LODA will operate on behalf of London Boroughs and other public services, and seek out partnership and support from other organisations.

Because of the wide variety of potential topics to address through data science, as well as the type, size and motivations of the organisations able to contribute to individual exercises, it is anticipated that within a broad framework, each LODA project will be organised around its own individual model. This is not to encourage complexity; rather to give each project the highest chances of success and allow room to adapt.

The GLA will provide resources across four main areas of activity for a LODA, as follows:

  1. A core resource of data science expertise to be used in individual data science exercises, as well as to contribute to the development of data science proposals. LODA also holds a directory of organisations and suitably qualified data scientists, all of whom are committed to taking part in data science projects.
  2. GLA will provide a central project management facility, so that each LODA project is amply supported by data and city policy-literate staff. Project management services include a set of templates and tools to develop project outlines, scope out data requirements, and deliver project reporting.
  3. On technical support, the London Datastore is available as an open data publishing platform, as well as a ‘convening point’ where ideas for data science projects in London are exposed, explored and formed into viable projects. The City Datastore is our secure data sharing platform which allows for the safe exchange and use of sensitive forms of “city data”. Technical support will also encompass work led by the GLA to develop and promote open shared standards for data management and use.
  4. In the Data Fundamentals pages, legal support and information governance advice can be found. Co-ordination efficiency gains and uniformity of approach can be found in a growing library of data sharing agreements, privacy impact assessments and other documentation which will help multiple public services and their partners prepare for GDPR.

Getting Projects Started… in the open

Clear processes to work up project ideas, to evaluate them against desired policy outcomes and then deliver data science projects is central to making LODA a success for all.

On these pages, you will find a link to a LODA project office email address so that you can discuss your data science idea with a member of the project team, as well as a long list and a short list of more detailed data science projects under review.

This is in addition to series of data science workshops for London’s public services. These will be held quarterly. Their aim will be to start the process of developing data science projects that are strongly pinned to clear, policy- and service-oriented results.

Sifting and selection of projects to will fall to the LODA board, which will also meet quarterly. Proposed membership of the board is as follows:

  • Theo Blackwell, London CDO (Chair)
  • Paul Hodgson and Vivienne Avery, GLA Intelligence Unit representative(s)
  • Dr Simon Miles, Director of CUSP London (Centre for Urban Science and Progress) at Kings College
  • Guy Ware, Director Finance, Performance and Procurement, London Councils
  • representation from one or two of the Boroughs (tbc)