Information reuse and data markets


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Technology driving big data analytics are now mainstream commodities and AI/Machine-Learning infrastructure is following suit. To make use of these technology stacks- and the associated utility computing- requires access to data and algorithmic know-how.

The Data Commons is a new open project that aims to enable access to, and accountable reuse of data across New Zealand. Data often locked away due to concerns for privacy, misuse, quality, lack of consent, or anticipated proprietary interest. The objective is to create open network markets for data, integrating services across different organisations to facilitate the flow and use of information. Building a foundation for the trusted and efficient reuse of data across many domains-of-interests; to build an ecosystem of data-services that can be dynamically composed in an accountable and transparent manner.

The talk will survey various attempts at sharing data for public good, then cover the motivation, objectives, and architecture of the Data Commons; illustrating where it fits into the evolving digital technology landscape.

About The Speaker
Robert O’Brien is a software alchemist: a designer, distributed systems engineer and financial cryptographer. He has worked on high-performance reliable transaction systems for financial markets and co-founded three companies in accounting, data integration, and international trade payments. His current focus is on privacy, computational law, and commercial contracting as it relates to the use of data.

Robert O’Brien is based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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