Texuna at the Higher Education Data Conference 2017

Texuna were delighted to sponsor and attend the Higher Education Data Conference 2017 at the Bloomsbury on 29th November 2017.  It was a pleasure to talk with many of the attendees, and very interesting to find out more about their data, processes and needs.  


The conference tied in perfectly with Texuna's recent successes in providing services directly to HE institutions.  With Texuna's newest HE data warehouse project starting in December, taking advantage of 17 years experience of successfully delivering data projects to central HE sector organisations.  For instance, the recent delivery of Jisc's Enterprise Data Warehouse, a case study of this be found here:


Many conference attendees requested the handouts and Data Value Map that our speaker Dave Sammon presented in "The Chief Data Officer: The Dirty Truth".  Due to demands, we ran out of copies on the day, so have made the material available here:

The presentation:
Our speaker Dave Sammon a Professor of Information Systems at Cork University Business School (CUBS), University College Cork (UCC), discussed the “Dirty Truth” behind data. The presentation walked through several frameworks designed to address data quality and close the communication gap between data creators and data users.  This built on David’s recent Harvard Business Review Article “Only 3% of Companies’ Data Meets Basic Quality Standards”, September 11, 2017.

The data value map and canvas:
The data value map and opportunity canvas linked from this page enable conversations and build a shared understanding around data initiatives.  The accompanying data assets audit is used to shine a light on data quality needs.  The templates originate from Texuna’s partnership with University College Cork, Ireland (UCC), and are used in the delivery of services in the Education sector. 


Upcoming data savvy practitioner workshop:

Lastly, as mentioned at the event, Texuna in collaboration with Cork University Business School (CUBS), will be arranging a Data Savvy Practitioner Forum in March 2018 in London. The forum will consist of three days of workshop activity (schedule to be confirmed in early 2018). The theme of the forum will be “new ways of doing” and the focus will be on building capabilities, through the use of our discursive templates, to promote the business value of data and a data-driven mindset while also addressing changes and challenges in the Higher Education sector (e.g. GDPR and Data Futures).

Attendance at the Data Savvy Practitioner Forum can be for one, two or all three days (to maximise the benefit of the forum we recommend an institution buys a "table of six" seats in order to work as an institutional team within the respective workshops). A “table of six” will cost £1,000 for 1 day, £1,750 for 2 days, and £2,500 for 3 days. We expect to limit tables to 15 (so get your expression of interest to us ASAP to avoid disappointment).