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The talk will consider the transition which most uses of data has undergone. Previously, technical limitations led to partitioned approaches. That hid human preferences for avoiding the constraints and obligations of collaboration. Today, our overwhelming wealth of data and rapidly growing capabilities for handling it, have exposed the deep and persistent human traits that limit data use. Frameworks for collaboration have respect such socio-economic and human requirements, otherwise those we most want to collaborate find ways of working outside the framework. This leads to three key elements of future frameworks, each of which must support the necessary diversity, deliver agility and allow humans to take responsibility for their handling and use of data.
Speaker Bio
Malcolm Atkinson, PhD, FBCS, FRSE is a Professor of e-Science in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. He was Director of the e-Science Institute and UK e-Science Envoy. He has campaigned for improving our use of data since 1970. He leads the data-intensive research group, focusing on architectures that empower researchers to remain responsible for quality as the scale and complexity grow.

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