CReDo report 5: CReDo and the Information Management Framework

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This report has been written by CDBB to capture insights arising from the collaboration between Anglian Water and the Information Management Framework (IMF) teams as part of the CReDo project. We are grateful to both teams for their support. 

The CReDo project offers a glimpse into the future, a glimpse of what the National Digital Twin (NDT) – an ecosystem of connected Digital Twins (DTs) – could make possible, by integrating three subsets of consolidated organisational datasets and deriving insights from the shared data at a system-of-system level. 

A key goal of the evolving Information Management Framework (IMF) approach is to raise information quality to facilitate the scalable integration of digital twins – to promote a “clean once – reuse many” approach where organisations can improve the quality of their information, then use and reuse it for multiple purposes. This is likely to be a lengthy journey requiring a long-term vision. It is expected to start with smaller incremental projects where the initial stages of the cleansing process are embedded in other projects (such as application replacement) and justified on the basis of cost reduction as well as improved information quality within that project. It is also expected that the business case will be made for larger scale projects, such as CReDo, in terms of the benefits across organisations and over time. These may well build upon the smaller incremental projects.  

The first phase of the CReDo project was focused on building a digital twin across three separate organisations in three separate sectors to demonstrate what is possible at pace. Developing high quality data models and improving the quality of data is, as noted above, a longer-term journey and so the IMF team collaborated with one organisation, Anglian Water, to identify how an organisation might work to improve information quality over a longer-term timescale with a focus on “clean once – reuse many”. The IMF team demonstrated this using its thin-slice methodology. Anglian Water supplied data to the CReDo project within the required timescale to facilitate the building of the CReDo first phase digital twin. Anglian Water then worked with the IMF team to analyse a subset of that data to assess how the quality of that data could be improved for future use both in CReDo and elsewhere.

This report covers the two Anglian Water workstreams: while the focus is on the second IMF workstream, it covers the first workstream to provide a contrast. 

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