Towards a mobile social data commons

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This paper discusses how born-digital cultural material can be opened up for research. We focus in particular on the grey area between private mobile phone data and its publication and use for research and beyond. We report on the results of the `Empowering Data Citizens' (EDC) project, which is a collaboration between King's College London and the Open Data Institute. The work builds on the project Our Data Ourselves (, which studies the content we generate on our mobile devices, what we call big social data (BSD), and explores the possibilities of its ethical storage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBig Data (Big Data), 2015 IEEE International Conference on
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015


  • Big Data
  • data privacy
  • ethical aspects
  • mobile computing
  • security of data
  • storage management
  • BSD
  • EDC project
  • Empowering Data Citizens project
  • King's College London
  • Open Data Institute
  • Our Data Ourselves project
  • big social data
  • content generation
  • digital cultural material
  • ethical storage
  • mobile devices
  • mobile social data commons
  • private mobile phone data publication
  • Cultural differences
  • Data privacy
  • Mobile communication
  • Privacy
  • Servers
  • Smart phones


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