Andy Bennett

Andy trained as an Electronic and Electrical Engineer and has a background in consumer electronics, FPGAs, operating systems and device drivers. For the last 10 years he has been building companies around distributed database technology.

He is a founder of Register Dynamics, who help companies and governments apply their data usefully, responsibly and ethically.

Andy is a technologist that likes to inhabit the void between users, software and the hardware that it all runs on. His love of ceramic taps is well-documented. Talk with him on Twitter @RegDyn.

Blogs

Usable data management for everyone

In the early 1980s the spreadsheet transformed the financial and accounting industry. Over the last few years, business has once again begun to change. How are disruptive companies such as Uber and Airbnb reaping the rewards of putting cloud-based data management at the fingertips of their own teams?

Improving how we manage spreadsheet data

Working with GDS, we’ve been looking at how government can save money in business processes through the use of data standards and the interoperability they bring. Since spreadsheets are probably here to stay, we’ve been looking at how to extract structured data from them. We built a tool that takes a simple but messy spreadsheet and extracts tabular data from it.

This is a guest post on the Government Digital Service “Data in Government” blog.

Legal trust + technical trust = data trusts

Technical trust and legal trust are both insufficient by themselves to ensure protection of valuable data. Instead we need a vehicle that combines the two to allow data use to be auditable and acceptable practice to be enforcable. In this post we discuss this concept of a data trust, explore what benefits they could bring and how they could be achieved.

Trust and provenance in Open Data with GOV.UK Registers

At a talk for the British Computer Society (BCS) Open Source Specialist Group, Andy and colleague Michaela explains the concepts behind Open Registers and the trust and provenance properties they give to the data they contain.