NIC urges infra data framework

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called on the government to develop a “national framework for infrastructure data”.

According to the organisation, the framework would “drive up quality and consistency and promote a move away from data silos and towards greater sharing”.

The NIC report suggests that delays and disruption across the infrastructure network could be significantly reduced if the country takes steps to make the maximum possible use of the latest technologies.

“For the country to see the real benefits of increased productivity, there needs to be a huge improvement in the quality of our infrastructure data and a fundamental culture shift towards more open data sharing to enable everyone to see how services can be improved even further,” said NIC chair Lord Adonis.

PPP organisations could be well-placed to support this drive, as the large amount of data from projects is used to help manage the long-term contracts.