Crossover Research 2.0. Well constructed Knowledge Commons
The objective of the project is the development of a broadly enabling ICT-founded “Knowledge Commons” for the Life Sciences and the Health and Biotechnology sector. The Knowledge Commons is essential for storing and sharing comprehensive life science knowledge. This Knowledge Commons is expected to be broadly enabling, among others to rationalise and enable interpretation of the wealth of biomedical findings and health data. If well-conceived, such enabling Knowledge Commons structures will be transformative in many ways as they rebuild the structures of innovation for the whole of the Life Sciences. Responsible Research and Innovation initiatives aim at ensuring a transparent and socially accountable process of building such innovative and transformative structures.
The Crossover Research II project explores how RRI initiatives can help shape well-constructed Knowledge Commons structures in the research context of engineering them. We pursue integrative approaches as an RRI strategy. Integrated projects put emphasis on productive academic collaboration between the humanities and the sciences. The project socially contextualises this effort by collaboratively designing a “prototypical system” for Knowledge Commons building and its subsequent use and exploitation. The assumption is that this prototype enables us to map and take into account overlapping scientific and societal concerns that help shape viable and socially accountable Knowledge Commons structures.
The project management has recently recruited three postdoc-level scientists.
For further reading please download a description of the Crossver Research project here
Currently a new recruitment effort is started for 3 PhD positions, applications have to be submitted on www.jobbnorge.no, here. These positions are situated in the DrugLogics umbrella project (http://www.DrugLogics-NTNU.org), a description of the objectives can be downloaded here.
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Key academic network for the project
- The project focusses on the GRECO initiative of the knowledge commons covering the subdomain of gene regulation.
- The RRI approach of researching the ethos of technology is continuously explored in the Research Group on the Ethos of Technology.
- The project is part of a national effort to build RRI capacities: ELSA Norway network
- Key partners in the project are affiliates of EMBL-EBI at Hinxton/Cambridge, UK, and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University (ASU).