SoBigData strives to formulate a vision of Responsible Data Science for the social sciences and associated innovations. SoBigData facilitates the use of big data for research and provides access to various data resources. Such data resources may include, but are not limited to: user mobility data, web page data, social media and transaction records. Some digital records of personal activities may contain potentially sensitive information; some data sets, such as Flickr or Twitter data may contain content protected by Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). SoBigData promotes and adopts the legally and ethically grounded collection, management and analysis of this data. SoBigData therefore uses policies for the collection and analysis of large-scale datasets in an ethical manner by-design and implements privacy enhancing tools and works towards ensuring its analyses are also just, fair and non-discriminatory.
Aims at making the ethical and legal aspects fundamental elements of the social mining experiments performed within the RI. To this aim the following functionalities are supported:
SoBigData develops big data analytics and social mining tools by following the privacy by design methodology that requires to inscribe the privacy requirements in the design of the analytical process since the start.
Moreover, value sensitive design principles are applied throughout the research infrastructure, where possible privacy preserving techniques are integrated in a technical manner. Researchers in SoBigData are motivated to explicitly make value choices wherever they occur. SoBigData supports researches to apply ethical standards by (1) the implementation of work-flows that include privacy impact assessments at the earliest possible stage (2) a knowledge base of best practices and (3) by an overarching responsibility architecture, ensuring that the use of these best practices become standard practice.
Members of the SoBigData consortium Profs. Nikolaus Forgó, Hannover, (vice Chair) and Jeroen van den Hoven, Delft (Chair) interact with these external members when and where appropriate. Prof. van den Hoven collects feedback from the Board on the Ethical and legal SoBigData framework to be integrated in the draft text of the relevant deliverables.