Revealing the role of values in developing a garden data ecosystem through a reflective participatory design approach

Silvia Cazacu, Ingrid Mulder, Andrew Vande Moere, Thérèse Steenberghen

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Abstract

Data-driven domains such as public administration, health or mobility have adopted a so-called 'data ecosystem' perspective to unify the socio-technical aspects fostering data-driven collaboration. While a data ecosystem is technically able to collect and merge their different datasets, it is yet relatively unable to facilitate meaningful forms of collaboration between actors. Based on previous research on value creation in data ecosystems, we hypothesize that this inability is mainly due to ecosystems not reflecting actor values, i.e. aspects which are important and imply a desirable behavior, often related to goals, objectives, motivations and decision making. This paper therefore proposes a reflective approach to reveal the values in data-driven collaboration by answering the following research questions: What role do values play in the process of developing a data ecosystem? And how can value-led participatory design support data-driven collaboration? We attempt to answer these questions through an exploratory study based on 5 interviews with consortium members of a garden data ecosystem currently in development around a citizen science initiative in Flanders, Belgium. We discovered that the explicit use of values and frictions has the potential to augment the collaboration between actors. This approach can thus be useful to future practitioners who aim to expand the societal impact of their work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Communities and Technologies - Humanization of Digital Technologies 2023, C and T 2023
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages156-162
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)979-8-4007-0758-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event11th International Conference on Communities and Technologies: Humanization of Digital Technologies, C and T 2023 - Lahti, Finland
Duration: 29 May 20232 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Communities and Technologies: Humanization of Digital Technologies, C and T 2023
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityLahti
Period29/05/232/06/23

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • data ecosystem
  • data platform
  • data-driven collaboration
  • reflective participatory design
  • values

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