Surrey County Council is calling for data experts and coders to provide input to a project to bring together data on vulnerable adults to improve emergency responses.
“The project will enable a more complete picture to be determined across responders, regardless of organisational or geographical barriers”, said Robert Steele, Digital Platform Manager, Improvement & Digital Innovation Unit at the Council.
“Essentially we’ll have a single, definitive record of where vulnerable people reside so that we can prioritise our joint response. While user requirements will be canvassed in the first week, I anticipate us building a big data repository and associated [technology] to process and visualise the collective data”, he told Local Digital.
The project team seeks advice and assistance “from digitally-minded people” that may have worked on similar challenges, especially those with skills in coding, business intelligence, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, big data or data processing, web and data processing or data analysis.
Steele said anyone who can volunteer their time on the project would also be welcome to get involved. “It could prove to be interesting for anyone wanting exposure to agile development and should yield transferable elements, potentially open source components, as well as knowledge sharing” Steele said.
The project will be led by the team behind Surrey Open Data, the Council’s open data platform.
The Council will also collaborate with local public sector partners on the project, which starts on 7 September and will run for six weeks using Agile project management methods.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the project should contact Robert Steele: firstname.lastname@example.org .