The promise of developments in digital data and data processing is that it will increase productivity and efficiency through more intelligent use of data. The promise is ambitious and wide-ranging covering private and public sector business as well as third sector and citizens. There is potential in the better use of data through AI and in the use of new types of data, such as Big Data. However – as yet – that promise is not realised, the tools and the data are available but how best to use those and for what purposes is still not clear.
There is a lack of a clear social vision and a value statement that can guide future developments. In part this is due to poor understanding of data and data processes, limitations in imagining data futures, and a lack of multi-sector and multi-disciplinary partnerships. Given these issues, the role of the social sciences in collaboration with other disciplines and with societal stakeholders is important. The purpose of SHAPE is to address the role of social science in supporting informed and innovative social change.
The aim of this event, hosted by SHAPE, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow’s Digital Society and Economy IRT Group, is to explore new ways of innovating with data for societal wellbeing – social and economic – in inclusive, progressive, and trusted ways. The objectives are to:
- assess current challenges in using data
- develop a social vision for the use of data
- identify new ways to innovate with data
To address the aim and objectives, the event brings together a group of experts who in conversation with citizens participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities of data, and new ways to innovate with data. The experts are from the public and private sector, from the social and data sciences and from community and citizen organisations.
The event will interest research communities, public sector organisations, community development, private sector, and citizen/service-user representatives who seek to identify ways to innovate with data for the wellbeing of the people of Scotland. The event will deliver a film on citizen perceptions of what data is and what it means for them and a policy briefing paper on Innovating with Data in Scotland.
We are delighted to welcome João Porto de Albuquerque, University of Warwick, Institute of Global Sustainable Development, as keynote speaker alongside our roundtable speakers: Nuran Acur, University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School; Ana Basiri , University of Glasgow, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences; Jennifer Challinor, the Crichton Trust; Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh, Institute for Design Informatics; Diána Szász, the Open Data Institute; Julia Unwin, Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society; Shannon Vallor, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Futures Institute; Alessandro Vinciarelli, University of Glasgow, School of Computing Science; Bridgette Wessels, University of Glasgow, School of Social and Political Sciences; and Paul Winstanley, CENSIS.
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