ORBIT (the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation) has been commissioned by the EPSRC to provide leadership in the promotion and application of responsible research and innovation practices to the information and communication technology (ICT) community. In order to achieve this goal, ORBIT has developed a series of key services:
This free Introduction explains the basic principles of RRI and familiarises users with ORBIT’s role in providing RRI services. Completion of this initial course and the brief quiz gives access to ORBIT’s expert services.
The Foundation course introduces the AREA 4P framework and its application to research projects. Once the Foundation course is completed, participants can undertake RRI activities in ICT research projects. The course can be tailored to the specific needs of the project or institution.
The Practitioner course enables participants to embed the RRI principles into their small and medium-sized ICT grant proposals using the AREA 4P framework. Certification lasts for three years, after which re-registration is needed. The ORBIT Foundation course is a prerequisite.
The ORBIT Expert course enables participants to embed the RRI principles into their large and complex ICT grant proposals using the AREA 4P framework. Certification lasts for three years, after which re-registration is needed. The ORBIT Foundation course is a prerequisite.
ORBIT is creating a vibrant online community around collaboration and the sharing of best practice. By registering with the ORBIT web site you will become a member of this community and gain access to ORBIT services, specifically designed to embed RRI principles in research.
This tool is free to use by members of the community. It allows individuals and organisations to assess their own position in RRI for ICT and to compare themselves against their peers. It also allows users to determine which areas of RRI they need to work on which will open the opportunity for specific training and consultancy offers.
A series of case studies is available online to discuss and reflect on how the RRI principles can be embedded in the research process. This material is available for free to users that successfully complete the Introduction to RRI course.
ORBIT offers a proposal review service for universities bidding for research council and EU funding. These services are aimed at ensuring RRI is applied at an appropriate level, and that they are likely to be acceptable to the funding body purely from an RRI perspective. Please, contact the ORBIT team for further information about this service.
The ORBIT journal is an open online resource that allows scholars, practitioners and others who are interested in RRI to exchange experience, good practice and other ideas about RRI. It focuses specifically on RRI in ICT and solicit contributions that promise to give transferable insights.
ORBIT provides training in RRI for cohorts of doctoral students at Centres for Doctoral Training.
ORBIT delivers customised workshops for both SME and large industries. The workshops are based on RRI principles and the nature of the activity can be tailored to the needs of the clients.