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CeRDI launches short films on Data Democracy

  What is big data?
 

What is big data?

   
  What is data democracy?
 

What is data democracy?

   
  What are the benefits of a data democracy?
 

What are the benefits of a data democracy?

   
  What are the risks of a data democracy?
 

What are the risks of a data democracy?

22 March 2018

CeRDI recently commissioned a series of short films about data democracy that have been launched and are now publicly available on the CeRDI website.

Data Democracy FAQ provides fresh insights from leading Australian experts about the key concepts associated with Data Democracy. A series of six short films showcase leading experts explaining and discussing the concept of Data Democracy. The sequence of films commences with an explanation of what Big Data is, this is then followed by an exploration of the concept of Data Democracy, and the benefits and risks associated with it.

Key speakers in this series of films include Dr Gillian Sparkes, the Commission for Environmental Sustainability in Victoria, Prof Richard Sinnott Director of eResearch at the University of Melbourne and Professor of Applied Computing Systems in Computing and Information Systems Department, Melbourne School of Engineering, Mr George Fong, Director of Lateral Plains, and Mr Paul Box Social Architect at CSIRO. CeRDI’s Assoc Prof Helen Thompson and Assoc Prof Peter Dahlhaus also provide key commentary about the concept and importance of data democracy.

Data democracy involves the timely and equitable sharing of data to provide the evidential basis for community debates, and contributes to new knowledge. Big data is the compilation of massive data sets that can be interrogated for insights that can inform current knowledge and support better decision making into the future. While the contribution and insights gained from big data and data democracy are undeniable, a host of challenges are associated with what, and how this data is used. Data Democracy FAQ has been produced with the aim of unravelling some of the complexities and controversies associated with big data and data democracy. It is hoped these films will enable new insights that better inform the debate about the value, contribution and uncertainties of these new and evolving concepts.

The Data Democracy FAQ films are part of a larger project that will culminate in a feature documentary to be completed and launched in the coming months.  Wind & Sky Productions have been integral to the production with films prepared for viewing by a wide audience. They offer significant insights into how data democracy can inform and improve Earth systems, economic systems and social systems.

For further information visit: http://www.cerdi.edu.au/DataDemocracyFAQs

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