PD&TN Groups Launch Event Roundup


Michele Natil. Lead Technologist for Personal Data and Trust

Back in May 2015 the Digital Catapult and its partners from KTN, Innovate UK, EPSRC, Digital Economy RCUK, SIDE, Horizon and dot.rural established the Personal Data and Trust Network.

While still in its early stages with lots of work still to be done, the Network has grown considerably since its launch, with 10 thematic working groups created to help delve deeper into specific areas of personal data and trust.

Back in December the Digital Catapult hosted the Network’s first event, which was a presentation by the Network partners to around 70 group members.

Each group leader presented their initial thematic working group view and collected feedback from the audience. The groups presenting included: Personal Information Management Services (PIMs); Oxford Area; Health and Social Care; Design, Legal and Regulation; Social Innovation; Digital ID;, Corporate Transformation; Consent; and Ethics for Analytics. A comprehensive list and description of the group’s aims and their leaders can be found here.

Members began to actively engage with different group leaders and the following is a summary of the feedback that was gathered from the day:

  • Personal data and trust innovation is a multi-sided problem, as many are the sources of personal data, and all the stakeholders need to be represented, ranging from city councils, citizen associations, and any sort of data providers.
  • To this respect, each group should develop an understanding of its composition through surveys and a stakeholder mapping exercise in order to identify gaps and defining relevant actions.
  • Existing similar initiatives should be identified and adequate interfaces should be established by relevant thematic working groups in order to not replicate, but join efforts to maximise impact (for example, the Health and Social Care Group could liaise with the KTN and the Innovate UK Digital Health Special Interest Group).
  • It is expected that no one-size-fits-all solution will work, that’s why understanding locality and properties of vertical domains is essential. This is particularly true in the case of the Health and Social Care group, where the creation of an integrated care record might face different challenges, due to locality aspects. A better knowledge and local presence on the different areas of the country is recommended.
  • In the era of Internet of Personal Things, for example, objects sensing and sharing personal related information (this is what I like to call the current wave of IoT devices hitting the consumer market) and pervasive wearables devices, there is the need for new mechanisms and tools to provide and manage context-based consent. Solutions need to be co-created and validated with end-users.
  • The Social Innovation and Legal and Regulation PD&TN groups should align their work. In particular, in understanding where new regulation is required by envisioned social innovations and when current regulation might hinder social innovations in the space of personal data. Relevant regulatory bodies should be involved and fed back with discussion outcomes.
  • Coming to the innovation aspects role of the PD&TN could be to discover and support rapid prototyping and proof of concept activities within its members and linking them to real and local problems around personal data.

The next PD&TN event will focus on ‘Cyber Security’ and is scheduled for 16 March at the Digital Catapult Centre, London. If you would like to register you interest to attend the event or offer your expertise as a speaker, please click here to email the PD&TN.

Michele Nati is Lead Technologist for Personal Data and Trust, one of the four areas of opportunity the Digital Catapult focuses on.