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The University of Southampton
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PEDASI IoT Observatory – Delivering data driven services


Activity on this Stimulus Fund project would largely focus on working with the University of Southampton’s Research Software Group (RSG) and the University’s Southampton Connect project partners, to explore the scope of current service delivery of the PEDASI Internet of Things (IoT) Observatory and future development requirements to best position it as a data driven service enabler. This would include engaging the PEDASI research project partners, and wider as necessary developing relevant IoT data in order to understand workflow and development needs for PEDASI’s role as a research enabler through its ability to aggregate data from distributed data sources, both open and secure.  This would ensure opportunities emerging under PETRAS2, e.g. an industry led “Super Demonstrator” proposal, include the appropriate detail to inform relevant workpackages including option for a “Connecting to Connect” workpackage exploring the role of the Observatory in supporting data driven services through the Southampton Connect Programme. Research into observatory technology capability would not be limited to the IoT Observatory although with a focus around a potential super demonstrator it would be the primary technology consideration in understanding the landscape.

Although the main focus will be exploring the extent to which the Observatory can support the delivery of data driven services using linked data technology and improving access to a range of datasets and services, there will also be the need to better understand issues influencing engagement such as trust, data governance, GDPR, and the handling of personal data and related confidentiality and privacy issues, including employing anonymisation and pseudo-anonymisation techniques.   


Principal Investigator: Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

Co Investigator: Professor Dame Wendy Hall


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