Workshop on distributed data

March 25, 2017, 9:34 am

Robert Manchin contributed to a roundtable discussion organised by CAE’s member  The Cornelius Arts Foundation, (TCAF) in collaboration with the Culture Capital Exchange and DataKind UK looking into innovative, digital and distributed data collection and analysis that could help to substantiate the impact of the arts.

Roundtable discussion was hosted by TCAF on 24 March and focused on distributed data in relation to the science of art and the challenges of gathering robust and enough evidence to make the case for art impact. The event was part of TCCE Impossible Partnerships series, and features in 2017 Inside Out Festival.

The discussion aimed to explore new ways of coordinating, scoping and substantiating research, in particular in the context of distributed knowledge and networked frameworks bringing together organisations and initiatives in direct contact with the public.

Topics discussed included:

  • How can one establish a continuum between the data collected by non-scientists and scientists?
  • What kind of shared standards, protocols and tools are needed to facilitate data integrity and readiness to scale up?
  • How to apprehend cultural diversity, which brings more layered and complex sets of data, in the context of data integration?
  • What can be learnt from precedents such as Open Source, the sharing economy, connected hubs or collectives?
  • How to break down barriers to sharing data in the cultural sector?
  • How to protect privacy and IP while allowing the cultural sector to benefit from the scalability of shared data?
  • Can blockchain solutions be applied to open and interconnect data sources?

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