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Data 'tsar' needed to deliver billions in government savings

Wired UK - It's been said that the UK is an information economy, powered by the internet industry, ecommerce and professional services and you just have to walk along the high street or consider ads for "all you can eat data" to get a sense of how our society has developed. In the last decade, we've seen a ten-fold growth in the size of our digital universe -- hefty databases, rich video and photography, vibrant discussions on social media and an ever-burgeoning mountain of email. But what is the value of that growing universe of information -- and what is the potential we could derive from it if appropriate data-sets were to be mashed together and the right questions asked? There's any number of ways of cutting this, but the Policy Exchange estimated a potential of £33billion in savings for the government through using a new breed of big data analytics tools to improve or change the way government services are delivered.