simon Simon Worthington

Simon is a founder of Register Dynamics, a data consultancy on a mission to make data more useful for everyone, and the creators of

As a technologist with years of experience applying cutting-edge data technology to meet real user needs, Simon gets that data is hard. Tell him your data problems on Twitter @RegDyn!


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What James Bond teaches us about data modelling

Whether you are a fan of James Bond or not, the latest James Bond movie No Time to Die brings up quite a few interesting data modelling challenges.

We lead you through all the double-o shenanigans and we’ll discover some general modelling lessons for operational data.

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Preparing the UK Tariff

The Department for International Trade (DIT) released the new future UK tariff as an openly licensed and machine-readable data set for the first time. Simon Worthington explains how the data team collaborated with policy colleagues all across government, all while dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on personal and professional lives.

This is a guest post on the Department for International Trade “Digital Trade” blog.

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How DIT built a service as an open dataset

Simon Worthington explains why Department for International Trade considered the users and publishing open data alongside a new service was the obvious choice for meeting the needs of many.

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

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Uncovering your secret data architecture

Lots of organisations are on a data transformation journey. Most organisations first try to start their data architecture from the middle – but this comes with its own problems. In a talk for ODI Fridays, Simon explains how to find the architecture, untangle it and make it useful for everyone – including why doing it saves you time and money and lets new innovation happen.

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Personal data in Government is broken

Something is very wrong with personal data in Government. Citizens still submit their personal data using paper and pictures of letters, and services bear the burden of low-quality evidence. Why isn’t Government more joined up in it’s data sharing, what are the dangers, and how do we solve this problem once and for all?

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Our Register-based products and services are now available on G-Cloud, a public sector procurement framework offered by Crown Commercial Service. Public sector buyers can unlock the benefits of canonical data management more easily than ever before!

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Data Bites: Personal data in Government is broken

Simon discusses his project Personal Data Exchange: a data sharing federation that makes personal data sharing for government services easier, more private and more secure. It aims to make what one department knows available to another department’s service, sharing only what needs to be known for eligibility and making sure citizen data isn’t used for any other purpose. It provides audited, compliant, privacy-preserving and useful data access everywhere, both online and for staff.