UC Berkeley-Microsoft Award Workshop Showcases MIT Libraries-Berkman Center Collaboration

This article by Andrew Chen originally appeared on the MIT Library News page.

An information privacy collaboration between the MIT Libraries Program on Information Science and the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society is one of six projects to receive an award of $35,000 from The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft, culminating in an open government data symposium focused on recent initiatives to release large datasets of government information to the public for analysis and reuse.

This project, co-led by Dr. Micah Altman, Director of Research, MIT Libraries, and Head/Scientist Program on Information Science, and Dr. Urs Gasser, Executive Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, will employ 2-3 real-world cases of government data releases to explore and illustrate a range of approaches used by governments, associated challenges and shortcomings, and potential ways in which they might be improved. The project, lasting from mid-October to June, will be presented and discussed by outside experts in the field of open government data at the 19th Annual Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft Symposium.

“Much research relies on open data, and researchers are increasingly called upon to make the data they produce open. Where data has the information to reveal information about individuals, privacy has been a barrier to open data sharing. This project will help to develop approaches that enable more data to be made open for research, while protecting individual privacy,” said Dr. Altman, who will present at an invited panel at the BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.

Dr. Altman and Dr. Gasser are joined in this effort by the Berkman Center’s David O’Brien, Project Manager, and Alexandra Wood, Fellow.

More information is available at the MIT Libraries Program on Information Science website.