Joint Data Ownership event discussion

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    Tuesday11Dec 2018
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    A paper summarising the rich and diverse discussion at techUK's joint seminar with the British Academy and Royal Society exploring the concept of data ownership.

On 3 October, techUK held a joint seminar with the British Academy and Royal Society exploring the concept of data ownership and some of the changes in the data governance landscape since the publication of the ‘data management and use: governance in the 21st century’ report.

The aim of the seminar, which brought together a diverse range of stakeholders, was to provide the opportunity to explore and understand what is meant when individuals and groups refer to ‘owning’ data or ‘my’ data, and to explore the concept, value and limitations of data ownership from individual and organisational perspectives, in both the private and public sectors. It considered the sound bases from which to consider and probe the concept of data ownership and discussed issues relating to the ability to exert rights and control over data use and assessing and accessing the value of data.

A paper summarising the rich and diverse discussion at the event has been released today. This report includes reflections of the discussion on the day, and a set of contributed papers. These include papers submitted ahead of the seminar to stimulate discussion and papers submitted after the seminar to expand and open up areas for further discussion.

As this paper is a note summarising the discussion and debate on the day, it is not intended to represent the views of the British Academy, the Royal Society or techUK, nor does it represent the views of individual attendees of the event. The ideas and reflections contained within are not necessarily endorsed by the British Academy, Royal Society or techUK.

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