This workshop focuses on the potentials and barriers of data in facilitating bottom-up innovation, leading to action.

There is a growing idea that collecting, or having access to data can empower civil society to find and solve problems and take actions that improve their lives. There is a similar notion that organisations can utilise data, either in improving their own practice or in creating value from data, such as in the design of new smart products and services. But such communities, whilst often experts in their domain, are not necessarily specialists in working with data. They may therefore encounter barriers that prevent innovation occurring, or leading to action, especially when relevant specialist support is absent, or is removed too early. This workshop will explore both when and why this is likely to happen and what can be done to overcome it.