Workshop on Research Data Impact in Government, Innovation and Society

Workshop on Research Data Impact in Government, Innovation and Society

Workshop Organizers:
Paula Martinez Lavancy
  –  TU Delft
Heather Andrews – TU Delft


Technology advancements in ubiquitous data collection have facilitated the generation of large and diverse datasets. This phenomenon in combination with the open data movement are making possible the generation and mobilisation of a knowledge society. In a knowledge society research data is widely accessible making knowledge a public good. This ideal has been for decades imagined yet not been realised. The centred question behind this mobilisation is: how societal actors can develop well-informed and beneficial ways to use openly available data?


In a knowledge society knowledge is seen as a ‘commons’ or shared asset in society. This brings the opportunity to transform citizens’ participation in economic, social, political and cultural activities into well-informed practices by making use of open data.

However important challenges are needed to be addressed from an interdisciplinary and empirical approach (Wessels et al. 2017):

  • Stakeholder values and inter-relationships
  • Technological barriers
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Institutional and policy issues

This workshop offers the opportunity to discuss the realisation of this ideal from the perspective of its opportunities as well as challenges. The above-mentioned opportunities and challenges can be considered as a starting point for discussion. Acknowledging that the impact of a knowledge society is across all societal challenges, this workshop invites projects from health as well as other domains, e.g. education, sustainability, mobility, etc. to participate and exchange visions as well as lessons learned.

Workshop Topics

We invite preliminary work, vision and position papers to discuss the opportunities and challenges of an open movement data in realising a knowledge society. Contributions are specifically welcome to address the implication of an open data movement from an experimental research perspective.

The workshop targets a multidisciplinary as well as multisectoral community interested in:

  • health and other societal challenges
  • participatory design
  • and technology (data)

Therefore we invite research institutions, industry, end-user organisations and governmental  structures to provide knowledge and specific contexts involving technological impact on open data.

We seek paper contributions with studies, theories, case studies, and preliminary experimental results aiming to address open data in (but not limited to):

  • citizen science
  • participatory decision-making societies
  • health patience record
  • public/private surveillance cameras
  • self-tracking systems
  • social media data mining
  • public government data

Submissions Key Dates

15th Sep 2020 – Deadline for paper submission to the workshop

15th Oct 2020 – Workshop papers notification

10th Nov 2020 – Deadline for camera ready submission

14/15th Dec 2020 (tbd) – Workshop day

Submission Instructions

Contributions to the workshop will be reviewed by a technical programme committee and final decisions will be made by the workshop organisers considering the originality of contribution and relevance to workshop theme. Please prepare your paper with a maximum of 4000 words, using the correct EAI Endorsed Transactions template (zip).

Papers should be submitted through EAI Confy+ system, and have to comply with the Springer format (see Author’s kit section). Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work.

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Expected Outcomes

The workshop will guide discussion sessions to identify new research lines, state of the art, relevant application areas, and contexts. The outcomes of these discussion will result in a special issue connected to the Pervasive Healthcare and Technology journal from EAI. Workshop participants will be invited to submit their (extended) work.