Group 3: Challenges

Software Development Companies

  • Negotiating permissions to access and reuse data (including time investment)
  • Ethics of using public data for profit
  • In the humanities, attributing information is an iterative process. Data in the humanities is not ‘certain’ or ‘perfect.’ Finding value in data which is not concrete.
  • Compatibility of business model
  • Different standards of data, different formats of artefacts; adjusting to them within a business model

Aggregating institutions

  • No common standards between institutions
  • Negotiating copyright laws
  • Ethical issues of collection
  • Sustainability (technical, economic, human)
  • Acknowledging contributions of the public


  • Working knowledge of subject and technology
  • Level of expertise might be barrier to participation
  • Design for student participation
  • Assess students’ learning
  • Assess quality of work

Disadvantaged communities

  • Access to technology
  • Awareness and reach
  • Understanding value in P.E. projects
  • No good examples of Universal Design in databases

Institutional mediators

  • Management of all stakeholders
  • Mediating heavily conflicting opinions (specifically through technology)
  • For the mediator, managing time; constantly monitoring work
  • Managing quality and authority of the work

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