Icebreaker Clusters

Icebreaker One is bringing people together across Agriculture, the Built World, Energy, Transport and Water.

In each case, our data infrastructure must address a wide range of issues related to data-sharing and transparency across value chains, networks, and beyond. Our SERI Programme is already engaged across Agriculture, Transport and the Built World which address the horizontals of insurance, finance and engineering.

Principles and practice for developing data infrastructure across sectors

Across sectors, the challenges for public and private sector organisations in developing a shared-data strategy include common design patterns. These include addressing:

Business models
Liability models
Dispute resolution & redress
Consent & consent management
Legal frameworks
Technology architecture
Operating principles

Similar approaches are being undertaken in related sectors including banking, insurance, pensions, geospatial and health and we are building upon, learning from and engaging with those domains.

To explore this in practical terms, we are working with companies to develop climate-ready, climate-aware and climate-credible products and services. In doing so we are ‘shaking the tree’ to work out:

  1. what is already functional; 
  2. where there is scope for order-of-magnitude improvement;
  3. where there is scope for transformational change.

We are building on existing frameworks such as Open Banking and considering the potential of new data types such as Earth Observation (e.g. 3-meter resolution, daily, whole earth) and Internet of Things (e.g. infrastructure that is instrumented with thousands of sensors). 

Be an Icebreaker — get involved today if you are interested in any of the Icebreaker clusters

If you are interested in any of these areas, please join our growing community of practice (our Icebreaker Constellation) today, and we will be in touch about future research, events and ways to get involved.

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