Microsoft launched a new Industry Data for Society Partnership (IDSP) last week along with seven more companies, including LinkedIn, Github, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Northumbrian Water Group, UK Power Networks, and R2 Factory.
The IDSP partnership consists of the below objectives.
- To open private sector data or provide easy access to data to solve social problems inclusively.
- To share information and knowledge to use open data for social purposes effectively.
- To invest in skilling a large number of professionals to use open data for society effectively.
- To protect the privacy of individuals in all of the above objectives.
The IDSP can bring other organizations with expertise in solving social problems. The GovLab’s Data Program and the Open Data Institute will be partnership affiliates to the IDSP for providing its guidance and expertise.
Companies collaborating with IDSP will launch a Data for Local Environments Challenge with the Open Data Institute. In this challenge, the participants can use publicly available datasets, shared datasets, and curated datasets from private sectors. They will learn how experts use these datasets to improve their local environment. Registration for the challenge will be open in 2023.
The IDSP will also strengthen connections between industry and public sectors, which will help researchers and students to improve their work. It will associate with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the United States of National Committee for CODATA to organize a summit that will bring together students, government, industry, and non-profit research organizations to work together across disciplines and use the strength of organizations to solve real-world problems.