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Online recruitment, working remotely and yet to meet our team-mates

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Two of our data analysts, Josh George and Junayed Islam, who joined Defra at the height of the pandemic, reflect on their experiences of online recruitment, working remotely, and having still never met their colleagues in person.

Radar – more than just wave detection

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Defra’s technology innovation team recently released their 2021 Emerging Technology Radar. Tony Riggs, who leads the team, explains how it tells us a lot about the challenges and opportunities facing the Defra group, and the emerging technologies that could impact on these.

Metadata: a thin line between love and hate

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Over the last 18 months I've been building a new Data and Information Access team in Defra. The team brings together data sharing and library functions.

Maintaining catalogues of good quality metadata is critical to them all. But over the last few months I've come to realise I have a love/hate relationship with metadata and the hate is winning.

Making it easier to access and use earth observation data

Andrew Newman and earth ovservation

We've opened our new Earth Observation Data Service to users across Defra. This data has the potential to change our understanding of the environment.  Andrew Newman explains how this is working and how we are making this data openly available.  

Personal data runs through the veins of our organisation

Mountains landscape

We all need to protect personal information, we do this every time we lock our mobile phones, for example. It’s also important that we, as Civil Servants, protect the personal information that others share with us to help us create …

Change is hard, but better than not changing at all

Custom software created using Kirona

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is one of Defra's delivery bodies. It is responsible for safeguarding animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy. Part of its work involves inspecting all sorts …