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<nettime> Data exploration - creating new insight and value (?)
Cornelia Sollfrank on Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:18:54 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> Data exploration - creating new insight and value (?)

This is the new AHRC funding scheme that was published yesterday, 6 January 2014:

“The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative research and development that addresses the technical challenges and business opportunities presented by the huge growth in data. This competition focuses on innovations in the data exploration techniques of analytics, modelling and visualisation to generate new insight and value from large amounts of complex data.
Sectors identified as having specific challenges in exploring data include:
bioscience and bioinformatics
creative industries
defence and intelligence
engineering and manufacturing
financial services
oil and gas exploration
space and physical sciences
telecommunications and transport networks and services.” 


By mistake they forgot to include the political challenges that come with 'the huge growth of data.'
I think it would be worthwhile that British academics point to that distressing mistake and ask to open up the funding scheme to 'sectors' such as privacy, surveillance and governmental and corporate abuse of big data.

Anyone interested in collaborating on an open letter to AHRC?

Have a nice day, Cornelia

Dr. Cornelia Sollfrank
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
University of Dundee, Scotland

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