Data CO-OP for Social Impact and Wellbeing

Discover the new Data CO-OP platform, its capabilities and how it could help you explore the world of data analytics.

Prof Jane Farmer, Director of the Social Innovation Research Institute, and A/Prof Amir Aryani, Head of the Social Data Analytics Lab (SoDA) at Swinburne University of Technology, introduce a new research data infrastructure that supports the creation of Data CO-OP projects in social science and public health. This platform is funded by the Australian Research Council and involves Swinburne University of Technology, Australian National University, Griffith University, The University of Melbourne, and The University of Tasmania.

Jane and Amir will discuss how this platform enables collaboration between universities, governments and not-for-profit to create collective social impact. They will co-present use cases of identifying valuable datasets in not-for-profit and local governments and transforming disconnected datasets into actionable insights.

Date: Tuesday 30 June, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
Location: Melbourne
Speakers: Prof Jane Farmer, Associate Professor Amir Aryani

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Data and Democracy

Nick Byrne, technology entrepreneur and founder of TypeHuman, will discuss the significance of data in relation to keeping or re-making contemporary democracy. Nick will discuss the implications of who owns, holds and ‘knows about’ data and will emphasise the role of the citizen in knowing about their data, owning their data and understanding and controlling what is done with their data. Nick will explore how we can push the boundary beyond ‘data for social good’ done unto people by governments, NGOs, universities and (even!) corporates, to how citizens themselves can decide and participate in how their data is used and for what purposes.

Date: Thursday 2 July, 2:00 pm-2:40 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
Location: Melbourne
Speakers: Nick Byrne

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James Seymour, CEO of the Centre for New Energy Technologies, will describe the role of C4NET in removing the barrier to access and improved utilisation of energy data for research. The discussion will also focus on the potential application and use cases of overlaying energy data with social and health data and developing novel use cases for energy data.

Date: Tuesday 7 July, 1:00 pm-1:40 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
Location: Melbourne
Speakers: James Seymour

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Data and the Community

See data collaboratives in action through an examination of two community-focussed projects.

Dr Tom Verhelst, Program Director, Regional Innovation Data Lab Griffith University, will discuss his work on the Logan Data CO-OP: a collaboration between Griffith University and Logan Together. The Data CO-OP uses visualised data from multiple sources to understand the community & social service landscape in Logan. Tom will explain how this has helped Logan Together and the Logan Community to advocate for changes and inform decision making.

The Queensland Food Environment Data CO-OP draws together data from food environment audits conducted by Griffith University with publicly available datasets providing a picture on, e.g. non-communicable disease rates and ability to access outlets that support healthy eating. Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, Founding Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith, Griffith University, will discuss her work on this project.

Date: Thursday 9 July, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
Location: Melbourne
Speakers: Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, Dr Tom Verhelst and Associate Professor Amir Aryani

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