In the latest instalment from our Defra Data Heroes series, we hear from Sonja van Montfort, Defra’s Head Librarian, about how her team keeps colleagues across the Defra organisations informed through a range of print and online resources, and the vital work the team does to manage a unique library collection.
On International Archives Day we hear from Allison Wort, who leads Defra’s Information Appraisal Team, on the work her team does to process, archive and dispose of many thousands of historic files and departmental records each year.
Technology Innovation Consultant Marcus Melton shares his thoughts on how emerging technologies are explored in Defra, and why it is important we continue to test innovative solutions across the department.
As Ramadan begins for Muslims around the world, Afshan Khan, a Resource Manager in our Architecture Data Information and Innovation team, shares her thoughts and reflections on what this important time in the Islamic calendar means to her.
Will McGeehin, our Interim Deputy Director for Digital Technology Strategy, tells us how Defra has opened his eyes to the possibilities of truly sustainable technology and the many challenges that come with IT going green.
On the 25th anniversary of World Book Day, Defra librarian Abbi Smith shares her passion for reading and explains how this passion has been passed to her 10-year-old son, Walt, who is already an avid reader himself.
Jan Murdoch, Lead Horizon Scanner in our Technology Innovation team, shares his thoughts on the emerging technologies to watch out for this year and why they matter to Defra.
Environment Agency Data and Intelligence Manager Andrea Purdy reflects on the work to modernise an ageing records management system and the learning that has been gained from the project.
Tony Riggs explains how our Technology Innovation team has done some innovative work recently to monitor the effects of trees at absorbing carbon dioxide, and on using high performance compute (HPC) technology for speeding up flood modelling, work which has received industry recognition.
Defra Digital Delivery Manager Mike Douthwaite tells us about a working typical day for him which includes everything from agile working to supporting product managers, to recruiting new team members, and celebrating success.