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NEW RESEARCH PROJECT TO CHALLENGE GOVERNMENTAL DATA USAGE
University Research Group is Compiling a Toolbox for the Public Sector’s Handling of Big Data
On the 9th of March 2017, the IT-University of Copenhagen launched their new research project Data as Relation, where the goal is to assess how big data enhances the quality of government (Winthereik and Gad, 2017). The project will explore how society is currently being reinvented through governance practices relying on big data (Winthereik and Gad, 2017).
The project, with the full title: Data as Relation: Governance in the Age of Big Data, came to be, with the aim to address the shift towards using big data in government, where especially Denmark’s rapid advancement in public sector digitization is notable. However, the project acknowledges that the usage of the new data sources in the public sector is still a black box, and has thus proposed that ETHOS Lab at ITU will be transformed into a hub of research, education and assessment of the use of big data in governmental practices.
The expected outcome of the project is to compose a toolbox in the ETHOS Lab for the public sector to access, in order to better their use of data and educate on the ethics of personal data usage. This toolbox will be shaped by the work and results of the five sub projects of ‘Data as Relation.’ The five sub projects are carried out by independent teams at the ETHOS Lab, in collaboration with partners from municipalities, SKAT and other transnational partners. The findings and outcomes of these projects will thus contribute to and shape the toolbox for the public sector to use.
The research project will be led and managed by Ph.D associate professors from ITU, Brit Ross Winthereik and Christopher Gad, who both teach and research in the field of innovation studies. ETHOS Lab at the IT-University of Copenhagen is a lab dedicated to exploring how data creates value through specific casework. The project is funded by the Velux Foundation.
Sources: Winthereik, Brit and Gad, Christopher. VELUX Project Description: Data as Relation: Governance in the Age of Big Data. IT-University of Copenhagen. 2017