The Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the ODI have launched a new stimulus fund that will support projects that help increase access to data and drive innovation in the engineering sector with an emphasis on improving safety.
The creation of the fund follows the publication of a joint Insight report on sharing engineering data, which highlights the benefits of increasing access to data and open innovation, and a shared manifesto which identifies ways to build a stronger engineering data infrastructure (more information below):
The fund will provide a total of £150,000 of funding for up to six projects that help to deliver on the recommendations in the manifesto by:
- Exploring innovative ways to improve safety in line with the mission of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation,
- Increasing access to data, by supporting the publication of open data or sharing of data, across the public and/or private sector,
- encouraging collaboration across organisations, e.g. to build new data infrastructure, or explore new ways to govern and steward data such as data trusts,
- Demonstrating the value of open approaches, by encouraging the creation of openly licensing outputs, tools and guidance.
Please find more details on the process, key dates and key objectives in the application document.
About the Manifesto
The manifesto for sharing engineering data, has been published today by the Open Data Institute (ODI) and Lloyd’s Register Foundation. The manifesto has been endorsed by engineering firms including Mott MacDonald and Tideway, as well as the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Health and Safety Executive, and others are urged to join the movement here. It identifies a set of principles and recommendations to help improve safety by increasing access to data and driving innovation in the engineering sector, including:
- Government and the private sector should share and open datasets to increase access to data that will drive safety innovation and support research.
- Professional bodies and individual organisations should develop and promote codes of practice that will guide the ethical use of data, and ensure that the choices made about what data is collected and how it is used should not be unjust, discriminatory or deceptive.
- Funders should invest in programmes that will enable collaboration across the private sector, startups and researchers, to solve specific challenges through the better use of data.
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