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ABIDA is an interdisciplinary research project on the societal aspects of Big Data, which is scheduled for a period of four years and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It examines social opportunities and risks of the generation, linking and analysis of huge amounts of data and develops options for political action, research and development. (Förderkennzeichen: 01IS15016A-F)

Big Data affects us

Big Data - the generation, linking and evaluation of large amounts of data - affects almost all areas of life in our modern, digitized society. Network computing, smartphones, social networks, diverse online offers and the penetration of everyday life with the Internet of Things lead to a rapid multiplication of data sources and data volumes.  


Focusing on Social Aspects

In addition to the potentials of Big Data, e.g. in the areas of business or medicine, social challenges are becoming increasingly apparent. In particular, there are questions about commercial and governmental surveillance, informational self-determination, privacy protection, transparency as well as errors in data use or automated decisions.  


This is where ABIDA comes in

As an interdisciplinary research project, ABIDA endeavours to resolve the tension between the realization of innovation potentials on the one hand, and the preservation of individual and social values on the other. From a social perspective, ABIDA's goal is to collect, generate, deepen and spread knowledge about Big Data developments, its challenges and possible solutions.  


ABIDA Methodology

  • Assessment of current Big Data developments through monitoring, in-depth research studies, expert workshops and focus groups.
  • Conferences to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between specialist working groups (Law, Ethics, Economics, Sociology, Political Science). 
  • Identifications of the citizens‘ interests via three citizens´ conferences and public opinion polls.
  • Evaluation of future options for action and development through user scenarios and Delphi surveys.


ABIDA Consortium