Today, data science and big data have become common concepts, yet very little is known about the ways in which diplomacy could adjust to the emerging data-driven era. Commissioned by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, DiploFoundation (Diplo) is conducting the Data Diplomacy Project. This project will provide an overall analysis of the impact of statistics and big data on diplomacy and international relations, as well as survey the practical uses of data in diplomatic activities.
Making use of the expertise available in Geneva, as well as taking the opportunity to bring together diplomats, data scientists, and other professional communities, Diplo is organising a brainstorming event on Data Diplomacy: Mapping the Field. The event will take place on 5 April 2017, between 10.00 and 15.30 CEST, at the WMO Building in Geneva, Switzerland.
The roundtable will address the following topics:
I. Data as a tool for diplomacy
II. Data management for diplomacy
After a short introduction to each of these topics by a number of experts, participants will tackle these issues in smaller groups and attempt to map the outcomes of the questions. Diplo will provide a summary of the outcomes of the brainstorming day, and the participants will be kept up to date on the publication of the final Data Diplomacy report.
10.00-10.15: Opening remarks
10.15-10.45: Introduction to the data diplomacy research project
10.45-11.00: Data as a tool for diplomacy: introductions by experts
11.00-12.30: Focus group discussions, presentation, and mapping exercises
13.15-13.30: Data management for diplomacy: introductions by experts
13.30-15.00: Focus group discussions, presentation, and mapping exercises
15.00-15.30: Wrap up & conclusions
If you are interested in joining the roundtable, please write to Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited number of places is available.