IGF 2022 Town Hall of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

Tim Davies

During a session of the 2022 Internet Governance Forum, Tim spoke to the launch of a new paper on ‘Data Governance and the Datasphere’, providing a bibliometric-driven literature review of academic and policy work on data governance.

This paper is one outcome of Tim’s Fellowship at the Datasphere Initiative 2021/2022. It provides a preliminary mapping of academic literature on data governance and explores the emerging conceptual framework of the “Datasphere” and how it relates to current research.

“In recent years, the term data governance has garnered growing attention. It has moved from being a niche topic, addressed solely as a technical aspect of data sharing projects, or within enterprise Information Communication Technology disciplines as a companion to data management, to becoming an umbrella for considering issues such as data protection and access to data. It has emerged as a key framework within which to address both the opportunities and the risks of data collection, sharing, and use.

The paper finds that data governance is a growing, diverse field bringing together formerly distinct areas of focus. While research in this space is highly fragmented, work around computer science and health dominate. The publication provides a preliminary mapping and offers a baseline for further research in considering how the framework of the Datasphere can be useful for connecting different disciplines increasingly interested and impacted by data.”

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