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Data democratisation: empowering the citizens in the digital transformation

Room 1.61-1.62, 06/12/2018 (11:30-12:15)

With the rise of Big Data and the prominent presence of data driven-solutions in people everyday life, the concept of data democratisation, as the idea that digital information should be accessible and understandable to the average end user as a basis for decision-making, is gaining increased interest. In this way, data democratisation is perceived as a desirable, egalitarian end-state where all decisions are data-driven. So far, the general believe has been that only data scientists and skilled analysts in private organizations should have access to data, in a quite “conservative” view what data democratisation means. However, today we are seeing broadening data democratisation through the rise of user-friendly public data, organizations providing content through programs and APIs publicly available. This democratisation has pros (break down of silos, citizen becoming data-literate with access to the tools needed to work with data and empowered to make data-driven decisions, eventually responsible for data and decisions around it), and cons (miss-interpretation of data, increasing of data security risk, and more challenges to keep the data integrity). During this session, jointly organized by the Big Data Value PPP, Open&Agile Smart Cities, MyData and LivingLabs, we will consider these and other advantages and disadvantages about data democratisation, and discuss about whether the price for empowering people to give control on their data-driven decisions is worth to be paid

Organised by: Daniel ALONSO (Instituto Tecnológico de Informática (ITI), BDVe project, Spain)

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