Our purpose is to bring data analysts together, so that they deliver better analysis when apart.
DUG members firmly believe in the commercial value of data analysis, to enable every organisation to profitably innovate, refine and deliver its core products and services. This is especially important in the rapidly changing environments that exist today.
The benefits DUG provide:
High Profile representation to government with other businesses who also see the value of data
Given DUG’s membership – Argos, Barclays, Boots, Camelot, Centrica, Co-operative Group, E.ON, GlaxoSmithKline, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Swinton, Tesco, Whitbread – government always takes notice of the group’s views on its information.
Sharing of data, knowledge and experience with companies across a range of sectors
DUG provides the opportunity to meet other commercially successful businesses and learn about their ways of working, and use of data.
Cutting data costs, & fighting future threats
Successfully making the case to get 2001 and 2011 Census statistics free, saving tens of £000’s for each member. The Census also provides standard geographical areas, greatly reducing data maintenance costs.
Campaigning for other government data to be free, with >19,000 datasets now available through www.data.gov.uk
These include high quality Ordnance Survey mapping, which was previously prohibitively expensive.
In addition, this knowledge also enables members to put pressure on Resellers to cut their prices.