The lab launched on Thursday the 4th of July 2013, on what we call “UK Consumer Independence Day”, just 7 weeks after an inquisitive group organisations met to kick-off the initiative.
Here is a selection of press coverage from the day:
Also, Ctrl-Shift, one of the lab’s key co-creators, published the story of the day for us - click here for a great summary of the day.
We now have a lab that will enable a Founding Partner group of 22 respected organisations to:
- Collaborate and experiment in a safe environment
- With real data from our first 50 pioneering consumers, growing to 1000
- To work out how the UK both empowers and protects consumers, whilst innovating with data.
We started with 50 pioneering consumers, and loaded their data into a midatalab data-entry Portal, which populates that data into 3 different Personal Data Stores (PDSs) for businesses and developers to securely access. We are now scaling from 50 to 1000 consumers.
The data we started with is:
We will be adding additional data sets:
And we’ll be encouraging independent developers, with oversight from the ODI, to join in to invent innovative services and applications.
The lab enables expert voices and a uniquely expert place where advanced thinkers from all stakeholder groups bring the different angles to our personal data-enabled future together – innovation, regulation, trust, consumer-focus, business opportunity etc.