FRRIICT Second call for contributions
List of successful submissions
Full Call for Contributions on Responsible Innovation in ICT
Launch: 15h February 2013
Latest submission date: 19th April 2013
The potential social consequences arising from the development and widespread use of ICT are of increasing interest to the general public, policymakers and researchers. Prominent examples include the transformation of our concept of privacy in social network sites; ownership and control of personal data; and how crowd-sourced information is transforming the ways in which events are coordinated and how they emerge in real-time.
The FRRIICT project seeks to develop an evidence-based understanding of these issues and to develop a network of researchers interested in social responsibility and ICT. We have set aside a research budget for the collection of community-based insights into good practice of how to incorporate critical reflection into the planning of ICT research outcomes. This collection of good practice is predicated on the assumption that there is rich experience of these practices within the ICT community that can be shared. This is a bottom-up approach to raising awareness and describing appropriate ways of dealing with the potential social consequences of ICT research outcomes. In addition, the collection of entries will contribute to the development of the community of researchers interested in examining the potential social impacts of ICT research.
One of the key tools that the FRRIICT project is developing is an online resource which will serve as a community-based repository and a means to disseminate good practice and facilitate discussion. Successful submissions to this call for contributions will be hosted there. The 25 top submissions will be rewarded with £500 each.
This section outlines the principles of the submission, evaluation and award of funding. Examples of entries into the system can be found at:
Content of Submissions
Submission can be made in any of the main categories of the TORRII system. These are:
Case studies – discussion of actual projects
Ethical issues – debates around a particular ethical issue
Technologies – thoughts on specific technologies
Solutions – actual or proposed resolution to dilemmas
Concepts – opinions related to the broader topic
All submissions must be original contributions that are based upon actual research projects. They may involve original research but may also be based on work undertaken in previous projects. They should be anonymised where appropriate. The authors are responsible for ensuring the truthfulness of the entries.
All entries should be approximately 2000 words to ensure that they remain easily accessible and can be used for training and educational purposes. In order to ensure consistency within the different categories, authors are requested to adhere to the guidelines for submissions given in Appendix A of this call. However this is just a guideline authors do not have to use the headings provided in the example.
Authors must ensure that:
No confidential material is included in the application.
Necessary permissions to share the information have to be sought in advance from relevant stakeholders.
The information contained may potentially be used for publicity material by the FRRIICT project. Notification of this will be given to entrants where possible.
All entries to the competition that fulfil the quality criteria will eventually be hosted on the resource website. Please submit your article using the dedicated peer review website:
Contributions to the resource website should be of high quality to assist members of the ICT community in developing their understanding of issues related to social responsibility and to find relevant solutions to specific problems.
To ensure high quality, all entries will undergo rigorous peer review and all authors are requested to serve as peer reviewers.
Each submission will be reviewed by three reviewers. The reviews will be organised by a member of the FRRIICT project. The evaluation criteria are:
Novelty: does the reader gain new insights by reading the entry?
Interest: does the entry have a high likelihood of raising the interest of the ICT community?
Specificity: is the entry specific to ICT or is it broader (and thus outside the scope of the call)?
Rigour of the contribution: Is it clear how the entry was constructed, how the author explains methodology.
Academic standards: Is the text clear, concise, readable, grammatically correct, well referenced?
All entries will be evaluated using the above criteria. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the strengths and weaknesses and give clear advice on how to improve the submission.
Authors will receive this feedback and be given the opportunity to submit a revised version.
The revised version will be sent back to the reviewers where they will be asked to rank the revised submission.
All resubmitted entries will be marked against the evaluation criteria above. In addition, each the three reviewers will be asked to mark the entry as publishable. All entries evaluated as publishable by two out of the three reviewers will be assessed by a member of the FRRIICT project, who makes the final decision to invite the entry to be hosted on the website.
Authors of successful entries will then be invited to submit their entry to the website. Authors of entries published on the system will be awarded an Associate member status in ‘Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT’ and will be listed as Associates on the website.
The final decision on awards will be made on the basis of the scores of the evaluation in the second round of reviews. The FRRIICT project team will moderate and review each evaluation in order to assess review consistency. The authors of the top 25 entries will then receive £500 each.
The main purpose of this call is to create a repository of experiences, cases, concepts etc. relating to the critical reflection of how ICT research output may have an impact on society, both positive and negative. The aim is to help form a community and support members of various ICT research communities deal with ethical and responsibility issues.
In addition to the intrinsic motivation of sharing experiences with peers, the call establishes an additional set of incentives:
Award of Associate member of ‘RRI in ICT’
All authors of successful entries that are published on the website will receive be named “Associates of RRI in ICT”. This serves as a recognition of your involvement in community as well as your contribution to discourse in this area.
It is to be expected that RRI will play a more central role in research. In the European research framework Horizon 2020, RRI will be a “cross-cutting theme” that will underlie all research activities. A current RRI review in the EPSRC is likely to lead to an integration of RRI ideas into research funding.
The status of an Associate in RRI in ICT can contribute to the recognition of individuals as aware of the discourse and demonstrate their willingness to support responsible research and innovation.
Award of £500 for each the 25 Top Submissions
To underline the relevance of your work and to reward efforts create content for the online resource, 25 individual awards of £500 each for the top 25 entries will be made.
Publication of an entry in the website can be seen as a fully peer-reviewed publication following a rigorous quality assurance process. Entries can be listed on CVs and support individual’s description of their research achievements. The website is part of the EPSRC funded FRRICT project, so any entry can claim a legitimate link with EPSRC funding.
Critical reflection on the potential social consequences of ICT research needs to be embedded in training and education and we invite students to become involved in the process. In order to incentivise students to engage with the principles of ‘responsible research and innovation’ and contribute to the discussion, a separate competition for students will be run. This follows the exact same procedures as described here but it will only be open to students on taught programmes.
10 awards of £100 each will be made to the top-ranked entries to the student competition.
Anybody involved in ICT research and development in either commercial industry or higher education is eligible to submit entries. Applications from research institutes, universities, companies are welcome from the UK, EU and the world.
Members of the FRRIICT project team and associate members are also eligible to submit entries, but will not be awarded funds from the competition.
Applications are not limited to individuals. Teams of researchers can apply however a corresponding author must be named. The financial award will be made to the corresponding author who would then be responsible for managing the award as agreed by the collaborating co-authors.
Multiple submissions from individuals and teams are welcome. There is no limit to the number of submissions, however, no individual or team are allowed more than 2 awards of £500.
The submission and peer review system will be open from 28 January 2013. The dates below are final dates.
Closing date for the submission of entries
Feedback from peer review
Deadline for resubmissions
Feedback from second round of peer review
Invitation to submit entries to the Observatory
Ranking of submissions
Award of £500 prizes to top entries
If you have any questions about the content of the call, please contact:
Dr Grace Eden, Computer Science, University of Oxford.
Professor Bernd Carsten Stahl, De Montfort University.
For questions about the Observatory or the submission system, please contact:
Bob Nguyen, De Montfort University.