[CODATA-international] Register now: Webinar on Urban Data Space as New Frontier: A Responsible Research and Innovation Perspective

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Sep 16 07:11:05 EDT 2020

Date: 21 September 2020
Time: 3:00 PM CET (6:30 PM IST)
Duration: 45 min session and 15 min Question Answers (Total 1 hour)

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This talk focuses on the emerging phenomena of Urban Data Space (UDS)
technology and investigates how UDS may be developed with taking a
responsible research and innovation perspective. Data Space is one of the
frontiers of innovation in digital technology that aims at creating „a
seamless digital area with the scale that will enable the development of
new products and services based on data” (EC 2018). The major idea of these
is to openly provide large quantities and multiple types of data for
governments, industry and other actors in order to innovate: develop new
services and products or link existing sectors. Smart City projects intend
to manage Big Data in urban environments and face similar challenges of
organizational complexities. UDS is suggested to facilitate an eco-system
 for data exchange and added value creation utilizing the various types of
data within a smart city/municipality. Dataspaces/UDS raise not only
technical challenges (interoperability, standardization etc.), but are
entangled with questions on social and governance aspects relevant for the
constitution of modern societies. It is important to note that knowledge and
value chain gaps regularly lead to policy procrastination, as lack of
shared positions of academia and/or business hinders policy makers to even
understand, let alone address the governance challenges of Data Space
technology. As Data Space technology is at Technology Readiness Level (TRL)
3-4, it is essential to address, besides the semantic assessment of
Big Data structures,
semiotic research in dataspace technology. This would require the
assessment of the ’sign relational complex’ or, according to semiotic
theory, the pragmatics of data science: ascertaining, assessing and
researching the processes by which signs relate to the agents who use them
to refer to things in the world and to communicate their intentions about
those things to other agents who may have similar or different intentions
concerning the same or different things. This also brings about ethical and
responsibility concerns: Does UDS lead to an integration of stakeholders?
Does it offer a new sphere for stakeholders’ creativity, participation and
new formats, modes for engaging those in the urban public sphere who
previously were not involved? Or might UDS, as we have seen in other social
spheres affected by the current Corona crisis, highlight and enlarge
existing partitions in society? An RRI-inspired UDS approach would mean
trying to make UDS more inclusive, decision-makers and other key
stakeholders’ attitude to their work more reflective and suggest political
and policy implementation processes in UDS that are more responsive to
societal needs and ethical concerns. This talk will focus on using the
RRI-heuristic provided by Owen et al. to identify some challenges and to
reflect on the responsibilities of various actors involved in UDS R&I. We
will also point to a new tool: the “societal readiness thinking tool”
developed in the NewHoRRIzon project as a potentially important way to
address the looming questions of responsible innovation related to UDS.

Name of the Speaker: Robert Braun
Designation: Associate Professor/Senior Researcher, Deputy Head, Techno-
Science & Societal Transformation
Affiliation: Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, Austria

Robert studied philosophy of arts and history at the University of
Budapest, in 2002 he did his PhD in philosophy. 1991-94 he was assistant
professor at ELTE University of Budapest. From 1994-2019 he was Associate
Professor at Corvinus University in Budapest. From 2015-2018 he was
Professor at Lauder Business School in Vienna. He was Pro-Rector of
International Business School in Budapest 2014-2015. He is currently
senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and
Associate Professor at Masaryk University in Brno. He did research at
Rutgers University in the US, at the Institute of Advanced Studies in
Wassenaar, Netherlands, and taught at numerous universities in the EU and
the US. His research projects involve the representation and engagement of
stakeholders in corporate communities as well as the societal impacts of
(autonomous) mobility. His core research interest is in the politics of
societal transformation. His past research includes the politics of
historiography [creation of power/knowledge and meaning in relation to the
past]; the politics of corporations [creation of power/knowledge through
social exchange/business]; and, currently, the politics of autonomous
mobility [creation of power/knowledge through technology]. His last book
was “Corporate Stakeholder Democracy,” published by CEU Press in 2019; his
new and forthcoming book (written with Richard Randell) is on “Dromobility:
Towards post-automobility” with Rowman & Littlefield International.

Some of Robert’s recent papers:

   - Science Magazine: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6499/39
   - Doing and managing research responsibly online:
   - Social labs as inclusive method:

Web: https://www.ihs.ac.at/people/robert-braun/





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