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The Pathway towards an Information Management Framework - Summary of consultation responses


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Last May the National Digital Twin programme (NDTp) published our proposed Pathway to an Information Management Framework (IMF). The publication was accompanied by an open consultation to seek feedback on our proposed approach and to hear from across the community about how they thought the IMF should develop to support their use and adoption of it.   

The consultation ran until the end of August, alongside ongoing engagement with the programme’s technical stakeholders, we received a great deal of valuable feedback.  The full summary of the IMF Pathway Consultation Responses is published today, written by Miranda Sharp, NDTp Commons Lead. image.png

Overall, the responses to the Pathway were positive and respondents welcomed the opportunity to give feedback and contribute to its improvement. This was hugely gratifying for everyone who has contributed to the work over the last 18 months.  

Some of the responses to the pathways document challenged the proposed approach and we are keen to keep learning from these differences of opinion and perspective.  The IMF Community Network, here on the DT Hub, is an ideal place to talk about these points and we hope that you will join the conversation there.  

In addition to the creation of the technical elements of the IMF, the NDTp is working to address concerns raised in the consultation about the importance of other elements which will be required to enable adoption of the IMF, such as;  

The legal, commercial and regulatory elements of resilient and secure sharing of information. You can read about our first steps on this journey, Legal Roundtables held in November, here under the Digital Commons/ Legal

The need for a demonstrator and guidance for communicating the benefits of a National Digital Twin and how to begin readying organisations for the change. There was demand for use cases, case studies which is being addressed through the Gemini Programme and the DT Toolkit.  

Work has been undertaken this year, with funding from the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) to create an FDM Seed for the CIH’s Platform Design Programme. We hope this will be the first demonstrator, of sorts, for the technical work that is being developed by the NDTp’s Technical Team, and we are planning further demonstrators that show the tangible benefits of the National Digital Twin. We also strive to continue to build a body of evidence (‘Corpus’)), as per the Tasks set out in the Pathway, to build other demonstrators for the programme.  

Alongside this work the publication of the IMF Pathway Consultation Response Summary will contribute to the development of an updated Pathways document that will refocus efforts in light of what has been learnt to be released in the coming months.  

One point that was raised in the consultation responses was the enormity of the task of creating an IMF that enables an NDT, and it truly is an epic undertaking. And, as guided by the Gemini Principles, we need the creation of the IMF to be as Open as possible, and to be able to Evolve with the demands put to it. To do this we need the investment of stakeholders, we need you to tell us what you need and to get involved with the NDTp.  

We welcome your feedback on this Summary report. You can find out more answers to some of the specific questions raised on a wiki page on the DT Hub, here, and discussion on the summary is open on the DT Hub IMF Community Network.

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