Making it Count: Big Data, the Open Revolution and Public Engagement
How can we increase the effectiveness of research and communication to support the data revolution and open-access era of public administration?
Mobile technology, as it grows smaller, cheaper and more capable, is making crowd sourced and local data collection efforts more feasible. Coupled with the ongoing concern of the need for democratic accountability that has shaped so much of the global development agenda, this technology has given rise to opportunities and expectations for research data to offer exciting new levels of civic participation.
The Open Government Partnership, which will have 62 signatory countries by April 2014, acknowledges that data sharing is a key to more-effective government. The UN-convened High Level Panel’s recommended framework for the successor to the Millennium Development Goals also reflected the growing demand for public accountability and the opportunities of new technologies. They would like to see research data used to provide better monitoring than was the case with the MDGs, but they also see this data as offering an opportunity to deliver increased equity. In effect, they call for a data revolution.
The meeting will map the challenges to increasing public engagement with research data. It will seek to identify promising social and technical innovations offered by agencies that might redress some of these challenges, with the aim of facilitating partnerships and networking across the sectors that need to collaborate to make this data revolution effective and sustained. It will seek to articulate policy recommendations.
The meeting will feature two keynote speakers covering the issues from the perspectives of research institutions and communication agents. There will be six case studies presented to facilitate discussion around key issues and an exhibition space for programmes and data platforms to showcase their work. The closing plenary will be preceded by an Open Space session to offer the opportunity for emergent ideas and collaborations.