Welcome to the Human-Data Interaction Network – supporting Human Data Interaction: Legibility, Agency, Negotiability, a ‘network plus’ funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.  The network is a consortium of University of Edinburgh, Goldsmiths and Imperial Colleges (London), University of Nottingham, and with the University of Glasgow as its hub. The HDI network runs from July 2018 to June 2021.

Human-Data Interaction is a conceptual framework for practical system design and for more general critique/analysis of systems’ design and use. It goes beyond the idea of ‘transparency’ of data sharing/analytics, to address subsequent choices, actions and effects. It is intended to bring ethics to the forefront of systems design, and to frame traditional ethical concerns—such as autonomy, consent and agency—in ways that speak directly to the technical community.

The investigators leading the network are Prof. Matthew Chalmers (University of Glasgow), Dr. Hamed Haddadi (Imperial College, London), Dr. Ewa Luger (University of Edinburgh), Dr. Elvira Perez Vallejos (University of Nottingham) and Prof. Atau Tanaka (Goldsmiths College, London). Dr. Alan Munro is Coordinator and Cultural Attaché.

We will be managing a budget of £1M that has been granted to us by the EPSRC to foster an emerging research field and build a community of HDI researchers. To this end, we will set up an open call for 45 sub-projects, ranging from £50K, £10K, and £2.5K, that bring together a wider range of participants and perspectives than most projects in this general area, so as to help advance research in HDI, the digital economy, and computer science more generally.

We are connected to the established informal HDI research community centred on hdiresearch.org, with an overlap in membership. We hope that this formal but fixed-term project will contribute to that ongoing community and its work.

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