PhD Opportunity in Data Governance

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Maynooth, LEINSTER
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Jun 2022

We offer an exciting opportunity to join a project on Socio-Technical Governance Models for Data-Intensive Adaptive Systems as part of an interdisciplinary team in Lero , the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software and in collaboration with EMPOWER , the Science Foundation Ireland funded Programme on Data Governance. The aim of the project is to investigate the design and governance of Data-intensive adaptive systems. Funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Lero Research Centre, this project examines the emergence of Data ecosystems addressing how we manage and use data, and how we design and implement intelligent systems that leverage “shared” data within their operation. Solutions need to respect the rights and freedoms of data subjects (i.e. GDPR) while at the same time, turning personal data into an asset for the population and society. The challenges go beyond technical issues to issues of data ownership, privacy, ethics, and authorised reuse by third parties.

The PhD candidate will address one specific challenge investigating the relationship between data quality and trustworthiness of systems, forming both a theoretical explanation model as well as a practice-oriented assessment approach for measuring trustworthy systems. This will contribute to research related to data governance aiming to improve data governance practices. The research will include reviewing literature and practices focused on the broader context of information quality and trustworthy systems. It is expected that empirical data will be gathered (in collaboration with our enterprise partners) to develop a mapping between data quality and trustworthiness with the aim to develop a prototype implementation or experimental system that allows to investigate the relationship between data quality and trustworthy systems. The research contribution will help to identify core attributes of trustworthiness and the development of an assessment approach for measuring trustworthy systems.

The successful candidate will be hosted at the Innovation Value Institute at Maynooth University, offering a modern, world-class and interdisciplinary research Environment. Additionally, the candidate will be affiliated with Lero – the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software. Lero brings together expert software teams from universities and institutes of technology across Ireland in a co-ordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus.

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