Industry Focused 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.

RRI Training

Introductory training 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.

Location: online
Length: 30 minutes

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. They will be introduced to the Project Self-Assessment Tool and shown how to apply it to their own work. Completion certificates are issued after the participants have given their feedback online.

Location: onsite
Length: one day

ORBIT Practitioner in RRI: 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. Participants will be given in-depth training on the Project Self-Assessment tool and the underlying principles. At the end of the three-day course, delegates will be certified as Practitioners in RRI for a period of three years.

Location: onsite/offsite (depending on preference and availability)
Length: 3 days (or 2 days if delegates attended the Foundation course previously)

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. At the end of the five-day course, delegates will be certified as ORBIT Experts in RRI for a period of three years.

Location: onsite/offsite (depending on preference and availability)
Length: 4 days (or 3 days if delegates attended the Foundation course previously)

Bespoke training

ORBIT offers bespoke training in the following areas:

  • Data Protection and Data Management: 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: analyse 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: 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.
  • Gender equality / equality and diversity: covers issues of gender equality to ensure equal rights and diversity within a team.

The bespoke service can be focused on one of these areas, on a few or on all of them depending on the need of the team. The training addresses how those areas are specifically addressed within the research team/company and highlights potential issues. An action plan is drafted at the end of the workshop to develop a strategy to address potential issues identified during the day.

Location: onsite
Length: one day

Specific arrangements for shorter or longer training sessions, for example introductory training in one of these fields is available on request.

Proposal services

Ethics / RRI development support: This service is intended for companies bidding for UK and EU funding. Through this service ORBIT will work with the organization in order to support the development of a bid that includes the principles of ethics and RRI specific to the needs of the proposal. As awareness of the critical role can that ethics and RRI play in enhancing the impact of research, their inclusion in proposals makes the bid more attractive and might increase its likelihood of it to be funded.

Ethics / RRI review: This service is intended for companies bidding for UK research councils and EU funding. This service aims at ensuring that ethics and RRI are incorporated at an appropriate level within the bid, and that they are likely to be acceptable to the funding body. Following the ethics and RRI principles within a bid can significantly enhance its prospect of successfully accessing funding as policymakers and funders increasingly align themselves with both principles.

Ethics advice

Ad hoc advice on particular issues: The ORBIT team is happy to offer its expertise to help companies and industries comply with particular issues related to research ethics. This service includes an onsite visit, during which a member of the ORBIT team will work with the participants with the aim of getting a deeper understanding of the origin of the ethics issue and to create an action plan to comply with it.

Location: onsite
Length: half day

Contribution to advisory or supervisory bodies: Advisory Boards are key in the management of an organization or a corporation. The presence of a strategic advisory board can in fact provide valuable advice and guidance. ORBIT offers a series of activities to make the most out of such a body and to use its members to help the organization to address some RRI and ethics related issues. Through this service, ORBIT will collaborate in close contact with the team’s members to understand the needs of the organization and to select the most appropriate activities to carry with the advisory board.

Cost: £1,200 per day of work on the board

Ethics management

Research ethics is becoming more relevant in ICT. This is especially true when collecting and dealing with personal and sensitive data. Albeit ethics approval is not always compulsory in ICT, a good ethical compliance can help preventing issues with data management, research integrity and disciplinary issues that can compromise the result of a research and the reputation of an organization. To this end, ORBIT offers services to help companies developing action plans for ethics compliance. The content of this service will be customised to the organization’s needs.

Location: onsite
Length: one day

Organisational development

The strategic development of a company or business should include some elements of RRI and ethics. To help with this, ORBIT offers services particularly aiming at:

  • Development of codes of conduct
  • Organisational forecasting and roadmapping
  • Development of ethics review structures

These activities can be customised based on the needs of the organisation.

Costs and details depend on requirements.

For further information about ORBIT please visit our website https://www.orbit-rri.org/.

To enquiry about an ORBIT service, please contact Margherita at margherita.nulli@cs.ox.ac.uk.