Editor’s Note – Hugh Miller

The data analytics space is thriving with new and interesting content. In this note, Data Analytics Editor Hugh Miller reflects on the past year of successful and diverse content and gives us a sneak peek of what’s to come.

We are now well into another year of Actuaries Digital! With a new website and a continued push into new forms of content, like videos and podcasts, 2019 is off to a strong start.

As Editor for data analytics, I’m looking forward to seeing lots of pieces – probably more than any other area. This reflects a strong growth among members both in interest and actively working in the space.

One of the challenges of data analytics is grappling with the breadth of the topic. You’ll see this reflected in the range of articles that we tend to publish:


You can expect more of the same this year, drawing from the expertise of our member base and beyond.

We can’t do everything in this publication, so part of our job is to also make sure that we’re keeping track of developments elsewhere and providing you with useful links.

Personally, I’m excited about the flow of podcasts this year; there are lots of great data science podcasts out there, which I’ve been digging of late. And I think the Actuaries Digital channel will have a great range of people being interviewed in 2019 that should be interesting, informative, and useful for career development.

Data sharing and privacy will also be a big player this year. Open banking, where customers can make their banks must share personal data with other providers on request, is due to begin in July this year. The government is considering related legislation around the Consumer Data Right (CDR), which will have broader implications too. Meanwhile, we will continue to see the impact of 2018 reforms such as mandatary reporting of Notifiable Data Breaches and the EU GDPR rules.

If that all sounds good, then you can continue to look forward to an exciting 2019. If not, we’re always keen on feedback on specific topics or ideas that would be relevant for you. Get in touch by emailing actuariesmag@actuaries.asn.au.

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