Commercial Services

ORBIT is the Observatory for responsible Research and Innovation in ICT. The aim of the project is to build a community around Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). In order to do so, the project provides a range of services including training, collaboration and consultancy services designed to prepare ICT researchers to engage with the principles of responsible research and innovation. These services, which have been available for the academic community, have now been redesigned to tailor the specific RRI-needs of industries and businesses.

Introductory Course

This brief introduction to the principles of RRI consists of three short training presentations that can be viewed online, followed by a short test. It also suggests some links for further reading. A quiz at the end of the session tests users’ RRI awareness and issues a certificate for 70% correct answers

Foundations in RRI

This one-day course is delivered onsite. It covers the foundational elements of RRI including an introduction to the AREA Framework. It is tailored to the specific research interests of the group. Participants can suggest topics ahead of the workshop and will have the opportunity to discuss the applicability of RRI principles to their areas of interest.

ORBIT Practitioner

The RRI Practitioner course is a three-day course. This course is aimed at researchers who are involved in small-to-medium sized ICT projects. The course will familiarise participants with the foundational principles of RRI and provide detailed analysis of the AREA (Anticipate, Reflect, Engage, Act) Framework and introduce them to the ORBIT Method for RRI

ORBIT Expert

The four-day ORBIT Expert course incorporates the three-day Practitioner course with an additional one day that look further at the AREA-4P framework and the full ORBIT Method. This will give participants the RRI knowledge with which to undertake and manage the RRI elements of large and complex ICT projects.

Data Protection and Management

This training covers data management and data protection policies such as GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 to make sure that the project complies with those.

Research Ethics

This training analyses the research processes, which includes the treatment of humans as a source of data but also the legal compliance of the research (e.g. GDPR, animal protection).

Research Integrity

This training refers to the conduct of the researchers and includes issues as authorship, intellectual property, plagiarism, correctness, fabrication, negligence, Conduct of research, governance, compliance and reputation.

Equality and Diversity

This training covers issues of gender equality to ensure equal rights and diversity within a team

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