Data science and big data have become commonly-heard concepts, yet very little is known about how and to what extent diplomacy could adjust to the emerging data-driven era.
DiploFoundation’s research project on Data Diplomacy, commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, provides an overall analysis of the impact of big data on diplomacy and international affairs.
The Data Diplomacy project includes policy research, data policy seminars, and other activities that will run throughout the year. These are being organised with the aim of:
The policy research analyses the opportunities, limitations, challenges, and management of big data in diplomatic institutions and international organisations. The main aims of the research project are:
The final report will be published and presented at a high-level event at the end of 2017, which will gather foreign affairs officials to bring greater awareness to the topic of data science and its intersection with diplomacy.
The policy research is accompanied by two data diplomacy seminars, one in Geneva and one in Helsinki. The seminars gather diplomats, data scientists, policy experts, and other professional communities involved in data diplomacy. They facilitate cross-professional dialogue and aim to initiate an ongoing process aimed at providing dialogue, training, and awareness-building in data diplomacy.
Data Diplomacy: Mapping the Field
Big Data for Diplomacy
The second seminar will look more closely at big data in the context of diplomacy and foreign affairs, and will assess best practices and potential pitfalls. The seminar will take place in Helsinki in autumn 2017.