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EPSRC Reference: EP/N028139/1
Title: Data Release - Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security
Principal Investigator: Jones, Professor MW
Other Investigators:
Xie, Professor X Tucker, Professor JV Roggenbach, Professor M
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Department: College of Science
Organisation: Swansea University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 September 2016 Ends: 15 August 2020 Value (£): 993,796
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Computer Graphics & Visual. Fundamentals of Computing
Human-Computer Interactions Information & Knowledge Mgmt
Software Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
EP/N027825/1
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
02 Feb 2016 DETIPS Full Proposals Meeting 2 February 2016 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The Open Data Initiative (ODI) demonstrates that there is a growing ambition from government to publish internal data as open data sets. (See https://data.gov.uk). Data custodians, particularly large governmental organisations such as the DVLA and HMRC, have a legal duty, enforced by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), and social duty of care to the public, to ensure that privacy is not breached by the release of data as open data sets. These large organisations face an increasingly difficult task in establishing whether the release of data will result in enough data being open to triangulate individuals and destroy privacy.

Our research takes a collaborative approach uniquely combining formal methods, counter-fraud, data mining and data visualization to produce new tools, methodologies and theory for working with data release. We will produce tools that allow interactive analysis of data sets to determine if data release can combine with existing data to triangulate personal data. We will take a new approach of using formal notions about data, memorandums of understanding (of data use) and criteria of control to auto-generate software tools that allow the user to manipulate, investigate and analyse data sets for potential unintended consequences if released.

We will undertake empirical studies with data keepers, data users and members of the public to inform data policies surrounding release of data and integrate this within our toolsets and methodologies.

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