Toward Responsible Data Stewardship

Erik Johnston

Erik Johnston

Abstract: This talks looks at the use of data in modeling and is grounded in the lessons learned from a series of major, collaboratively developed research projects at the Decision Theater. An emphasis is placed on the value of collaborative modeling, translating evidence to practice, and the ethical obligations of data stewards and researchers.

Biography: Associate Professor Erik Johnston, PhD. Dr. Johnston is an Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Director of Policy Informatics at the Decision Theater at Arizona State University. Johnston’s research focuses on open governance and policy informatics, the study of how computational and communication technology is leveraged to specifically understand and and realize innovations in communities, governance processes, and information interventions. At its simplest, his work tries to reduce the gaps between knowledge creation and use. Johnston earned a Ph.D. in Information and Complex System Certificate from the University of Michigan where he was a two-time NSF IGERT fellow. He holds an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Information Technology as well as a B.S. in Psychology and Computer Science from the University of Denver. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Helios Foundation, Arizona Board of Regents, American Academy of Diplomacy, US Army, and Virginia G. Piper Trust.

Thinking About Global Futures

Title: Thinking About Global Futures

Abstract: I started out in telecommunications planning and design and required to be a data hog when data was clearly unavailable in the late 1990s, unless you parted with a significant sum of money for accessibility. If contracts were worth millions (and in fact hundreds of millions of dollars), then buying data for a fraction of that as a “cost of sales” was not a major problem. Today we realise on a larger scale what we already knew in the late 1990s, you are only as good as your data. Whether it is bureau of statistics in a given country, NASA satellite imagery, Google or Bing maps, and anything else we can get our hands on (even from local councils), unlocking that data to businesses and citizenry can have major impacts. This talk will be given in the context of Sustainable Development Goals and web-based applications like GapMinder. What do we want our future to look like in terms of data and can citizenry act like sensors in the data collection effort? What should that platform look like? And what kind of functionality would give us a view of biodiversity indicators?

Katina Michael

Katina Michael

Biography: Katina Michael is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. She studies the social implications of emerging technologies.

The emergence of big data sets pose socioethical implications, and many challenges related to data governance. Biodiversity data sets are particularly powerful and the clash between the privatisation and openness of these data sets is particularly of interest to researchers of all types who require data for their decision making.