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ABIDA

ABIDA: Assessing Big Data

FUNDEd by the federal ministration of education and research

Prof. Dr. Johannes Weyer, Kay Cepera, Julius Konrad,  TU Dortmund  

Duration: 01.03.2015 - 28.02.19

  • The interdisciplinary project ABIDA (Assessing Big Data) explores social opportunities and risks of the generation, linking and analysis of huge amounts of data and develops options for political action, research and development.
  • ABIDA approaches the topic of Big Data from a fundamentally interdisciplinary perspective. Sociologists, philosophers, economists, legal and political scientists work hand in hand on this. The project aims to jointly gather existing knowledge about dealing with big data, generate new knowledge, deepen the knowledge, and make it accessible to the widest possible public. 
  • The scientists will examine the societal impacts associated with Big Data by using the methods of technology assessment oriented to dialogue and participation.

ASSESSMENT OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS

Within the project, the complex and often opaque developments in Big Data applications, data flows and business models will be continuously monitored, recorded and assessed. To determine and assess societal changes associated with Big Data, interdisciplinary in-depth studies will be set up, taking into account the findings and results of expert workshops and focus groups.

EVALUATION OF CITIZENS’ PERCEPTIONS

In order to understand citizens’ estimations and expectations, three citizens’ consultations will be held and a representative population survey will be carried out.

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE ACROSS DISCIPLINES

The so far fragmented scientific knowledge will be brought together, further developed and shared across the different fields of social science research. It will then be used to assess specific Big Data developments. Specially established working groups in the fields of ethics, economics, sociology, law, and political science support this aim. Additionally, a nationwide symposium will be organized which offers opportunities for exchange to stakeholders working in research and development.

 

ASSESSMENT OF FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AND OPTIONS FOR ACTION

Finally, the results of the whole set of research activities and the assessment and discussion of future developments in scenarios and in an expert Delphi workshop will be used to develop options for political action, research and development.

More information:  ABIDA-homepage.