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Dgen constellation overview 2017 07-25 from dgenhq


I’ve been working on/with the web, data, science, art, media, and creating new businesses for over 20 years. This has led me to create data-driven companies that have employed 100’s of people, delivered £100Ms in impact, and tackled everything from climate change to government transparency.

I’m driven by creating impact@web-scale: resolving issues that require the web-scale co-ordination of constituencies across the private and public sectors.

Things in orbit at the moment include the impact of the web on society and culture, data infrastructure, data-driven business models, shortening the path between innovation and policy, open banking, global supply-chain provenance, city-wide impact networks, addressing modern slavery, air pollution, open justice systems, and quantum computing…

“The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data”, said The Economist. I disagree, it’s bigger than that.

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  1. […] Gavin Starks: I think it’s quite a nuanced question; I think we’ve got a lot of work to do on understanding how to talk about data in the first place, let alone how to interpret it in different social contexts. One of the things that we did at the ODI, and this was a central issue for me, [was] in trying to create common language. So we created the Data Spectrum, which talks about data being closed, shared or open, and that changed the conversation radically. It took about 9 months actually to get that right, because prior to that people were talking about big data, personal data and open data, as if they were somehow categories. What that lead to was a kind of mass confusion about data at every conference for quite a long time, and you still get this; if you put those words together, people get very concerned about privacy immediately. That tends to overshadow then the conversation on everything else. If you reframe it [as being] about licensing, I think it would really help to change the conversation; and this is something I’m very familiar with, as I’ve had a lot of experience in the copyright world, in music and video and so on, that copyright and licensing is not something that most people have an exposure to, other than through the notion of piracy. […]