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Hi Kheeran,
Thanks a lot for the pointer to SAIL and the UKSerP. This infrastructure is, indeed, conceptually very similar to ours – but several orders of magnitudes larger. It very likely took a bit longer to set-up: Some places seem to have been a bit more forward-looking than others in setting up according infrastructures. We, unfortunately, had (and still have) nothing like that in place at this scale.
While setting up a solution like UKSerP was out of the question given the time and budget constraints, we luckily are also facing a somewhat simpler setting with the current project: rather than setting up a central system we want to enable data owners directly to deploy the solution within their own environment – which should make it easier (both from a legal perspective as well as concerning trust) – to make their data accessible. It also keeps the data where the domain expertise is available. This, however, also limits interlinking between data, integrating data from different sources. But we hope that once trust has been gained in the individual systems operated by the data owners themselves, they will also be more willing to trust a third-party system providing the linkage of data while still keeping the data owners in control.
Thus, I wouldn’t dare to say in any way that we have managed to * solve * the social dynamics. On the contrary, as long as benefits are to be gained from having control over the data, and as long as handing over data to somebody else would risk reducing these benefits, we will see all kind of activities happening to impede access to data. Our hope is that via a bottom-up process institutions can learn about the opportunities, assess the risks that each such infrastructure carries, in spite of all protection mechanisms themselves, understand the trade-offs and implications, and to thus gain trust and see the benefits. It’s a rather organic process, allowing institutions (which, in our case, also include industry as a key stakeholder: a lot of data that was relevant in our discussions was commercial data (supply chain analysis, logistics data, etc.) which is held by companies which seem less eager to feed such sensitive data into centralized repositories) to learn from examples and eventually try it themselves. At least that’s our hope and vision in preparing these building blocks and set-up descriptions.