Case Studies

Talking about data ethics is positive. Talking about concrete ethical challenges in data is practical. The Magna Carta for Data project team is collecting case studies from researchers in data science, data analytics, data management, artificial intelligence and other connected areas.  We want to build an ethics casebook that will enable the research community to explore challenges, practices and solutions in data ethics.

If you have such a research story –  whether ongoing, finished or just starting – we would like to hear about it. Please submit your case study through the provided form. The editorial team will get back to you and, if it’s helpful, we will put you in contact with relevant experts in technologies and/or ethics.

  • Case Study: Automated video caption development- should researchers anonymise human images before publication? - Project Title: TrecVid 2017 Project Description: TrecVid is an ongoing video-to-text caption generation task. This international project has been running since 2001, and each year different research groups around the world are given a TRECVid task. In this case study, the approach to the project was to extract keyframes from ...
  • Case Study: Linking dictionaries - Introduction: If you have two dictionaries in the same language or in different languages, they can be very complementary in that some dictionaries might have a lot of syntactic information, while others have more information about the meaning of words. Domain specific dictionaries contain specialist terminology. Linking a specialist dictionary ...
  • Case Study: Tracking social processes on Twitter - Tracking the social processes of groups of people with eating disorders who use Twitter to communicate with one another Project description: Social media networks enable minority groups to join and form communities. That is very powerful. There are many situations where people who are in a minority – from people ...
  • Case study: Your Data Stories - Project Title: YourDataStories Project Description: The proposed solution refers to a web platform for re-purposing data into news and vice versa based on Web 3.0 technologies. The underlying Data as a Service (DaaS) architecture will enable professional and simple users to discover, remix, publish and monitor their digital content under ...
  • Case Study: Obesity in Children -   Project Title: The Big O Project Description: The BigO project allows European citizens to engage in the collection of data that will throw light on obesity in children. It will be facilitated through the development of a platform, allowing the quantification of behavioural community patterns through Big Data provided ...
  • Case Study: Smart Stadiums - Project Title: Smart Stadium Project – ethics study Project Description: The Smart Stadium project is a collaboration between Dublin City University, Intel, Microsoft and Croke Park (the third largest sports stadium in Europe). The project seeks to harness existing Internet of Things technologies to develop new smart city technologies and ...
  • Case Study: Where Virtual Reality and Social Networks Converge - Project Title: Reverie Project Description: This three and a half year EU project, called Reverie (now concluded), was designed to examine the convergence of virtual reality and social networks. The work was accompanied by an ethical scan of the virtual reality/social network horizon, conducted in DCU and resulting in two ...
  • Case Study: A crisis management system - Project Title: Crisis Management System Project Description: Social media can be a source of vital information during crisis situations but the sheer amount of information available and the accuracy of that information presents a significant challenge. The aim of this project is to provide an intelligent system that can assist ...
  • Case study: Insight4News - Project Title: Insight4news Project Description: Insight4News is a system that connects news articles to social conversations, as echoed in microblogs such as Twitter. Insight4News tracks feeds from mainstream media, e.g., BBC, Irish Times, and extracts relevant topics that summarize the tweet activity around each article, recommends relevant hashtags, and presents ...