Exploring registration agencies as data institutions

A key focus for our research and delivery work at the ODI at the moment is exploring how to design sustainable and trustworthy data institutions. Data institutions are organisations that steward data on behalf of a community. They have a variety of legal forms, roles and purposes. Yesterday I wrote (again!) about identifiers and specifically, … Continue reading Exploring registration agencies as data institutions

How do different communities create unique identifiers?

Identifiers are part of data infrastructure. They play an important role, helping to publish, structure and link together data. Identifiers are boundary objects, that cross communities. That means they need to be well-documented in order to be most useful. Understanding how identifiers are created, assigned and governed can help us think through how to strengthen … Continue reading How do different communities create unique identifiers?

How can publishing more data increase the value of existing data?

There's lots to love about the "Value of Data" report. Like the fantastic infographic on page 9. I'll wait while you go and check it out. Great, isn't it? My favourite part about the paper is that it's taught me a few terms that economists use, but which I hadn't heard before. Like "Incomplete contracts" … Continue reading How can publishing more data increase the value of existing data?

Three types of agreement that shape your use of data

Whenever you're accessing, using or sharing data you will be bound by a variety of laws and agreements. I've written previously about how data governance is a nested set of rules, processes, legislation and norms. In this post I wanted to clarify the differences between three types of agreements that will govern your use of … Continue reading Three types of agreement that shape your use of data

Can the regulation of hazardous substances help us think about regulation of AI?

This post is a thought experiment. It considers how existing laws that cover the registration and testing of hazardous substances like pesticides might be used as an analogy for thinking through approaches to regulation of AI/ML. As a thought experiment its not a detailed or well-research proposal, but there are elements which I think are … Continue reading Can the regulation of hazardous substances help us think about regulation of AI?

Thinking about the governance of data

I find "governance" to be a tricky word. Particularly when we're talking about the governance of data. For example, I've experienced conversations with people from a public policy background and people with a background in data management, where its clear that there are different perspectives. From a policy perspective, governance of data could be described … Continue reading Thinking about the governance of data

Impressions from pidapalooza 19

https://twitter.com/ldodds/status/1088029286865555457 This week I was at the third pidapalooza conference in Dublin. It's a conference that is dedicated open identifiers: how to create them, steward them, drive adoption and promote their benefits. Anyone who has spent any time reading this blog or following me on twitter will know that this is a topic close to … Continue reading Impressions from pidapalooza 19

Talk: Documenting Identifiers for Humans and Machines

This is a rough transcript of a talk I recently gave at a session at Pidapalooza 2019. You can view the slides from the talk here. I’m sharing my notes for the talk here, with a bit of light editing. I'd also really welcome you thoughts and feedback on this discussion document. At the Open Data … Continue reading Talk: Documenting Identifiers for Humans and Machines

UnINSPIREd: problems accessing local government geospatial data

This weekend I started a side project which I plan to spend some time on this winter. The goal is to create a web interface that will let people explore geospatial datasets published by the three local authorities that make up the West of England Combined Authority: Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and Bath … Continue reading UnINSPIREd: problems accessing local government geospatial data