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ILAWS Completed Project List

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The Ordnance Survey Data Enrichment Project

Researchers from the Ordnance Survey and the University of Southampton have joined together to work on an interdisciplinary research project that focuses on data enrichment in a digital age.

Dr Jenny Harding (Ordnance Survey) and Professor Mary Orr (Modern Languages) lead the research team with Glen Hart (Ordnance Survey), Ashley Wright (Ordnance Survey), Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon (Law) and Laura German (Web Science) as co-investigators.

This research focuses on how data at Ordnance Survey can be further enriched for business, research and leisure users through data mining of existing data and linking to other external datasets. It explores the potential for data enrichment at the Ordnance Survey and how this could be achieved (where necessary) by modification to its existing provenance metadata, legal, technological and ethical frameworks.

OPerational Trustworthiness Enabling Technologies (OPTET)

Legal aspects of trust on the Internet

Law lecturer Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon from the Southampton Law School ILAWS Research Centre is part of a major European Union project, which is examining questions of online trust and trustworthiness.

They will be exploring how the law can contribute to increasing trust among users of the Internet and, generally, what drives this trust.

Principal Investigator of the project is Dr Mike Surridge from the University of Southampton’s IT Innovation Centre. “Our aim is to make people more confident in using the Internet. We believe if users know the system will warn them about any online risks, they will have more trust in the technology behind widely-used systems and software,” he says.

The three year EU Framework Seven project OPerational Trustworthiness Enabling Technologies (OPTET) with partners in France, Germany, Belgium and Greece takes a interdisciplinary and integrated approach to the subject. In particular it is researching cyber security of critical infrastructure, and issues surrounding an electronic monitoring initiative involving elderly and disabled people in Norway.

Co-Reach IPR in New Media

Professor Sylvia Kirkegaard was Principal Investigator for the co-REACH project. Professor Ian Lloyd was a Principal Researcher.

The project was sponsored by eleven research funding organisations from six European countries and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences under the co-REACH Network.

Researchers conducted in-depth research and clarification on a number of issues involving the scope and rights in the digital networked environment. The project contributed towards identification and resolution of the most important issues relating to the application and enforcement of intellectual property rights within an on-line context.

Workshops and a summer school enabled researchers to discuss their findings with external parties including those responsible for the formulation of laws and policies in the copyright field and for the enforcement of legislation.

A book Copyright Law in the Making -Chinese and European Perspectives, edited by Sylvia Kierkegaard and Willem Grosheide, was produced at the end of the project

We-Gov

ILAWS has been involved with the international WeGov project, which has been funded with support from the European Commission under the seventh framework programme theme ICT 2009.7.3 ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling. WeGov is developing a toolset to enable policymakers to use social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, WordPress, etc) when engaging citizens in two-way dialogues.
 
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