While opening research data is slowly, but steadily changing socio-technical systems to reduce air pollution, some barriers impede the implementation of data analysis on social problems. The major barrier is frequent changes in political agendas, which shakes sheltered space for transformation or often causes their discontinuation (Stegmaier, Kuhlmann, and Visser 2014). This poster briefly introduces how do open data infrastructure develop data analysis software for transformative innovation in South Korea, against barriers like sudden project terminations due to administration changes. Further, the open data infrastructure could provide licensing opportunities that connect public sector research institutes and start-ups looking for external sourcing.
This project states that infrastructure is resilient to discontinuation. Based on that resilience, not only open data but also the maintaining technologies embedded in the infrastructure could be reusable to reconfigure the socio-technical system. We analyze the government documents and conduct interviews to explore the relationship between data infrastructure and R&D governance. The preliminary finding shows that data infrastructure is a set of legacy systems that are initially maintained by different government bodies that manage R&D projects. On one side, this multi-agency participation makes the resilience to discontinuation. On the other side, multi-agency governance does not usually reach on consensus and results in inertia to implementing open data. Given the constraints conceal the implementation opportunity, the infrastructure maintaining and researching group reconfigures the infrastructure technologies like database management and ocean-monitoring algorithms into air-quality analysis software. By reusing the existing data and algorithms, the maintaining and researching group initiates the first step to socio-technical system change.
Inkeon Lee1 and Kyung Ryul Park2
1Ph.D. candidate, 2Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science, Technology, and Policy
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology