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Svåheia Eiendom

Impressions from the Data for All partner meeting in Norway

Svåheia Eiendom
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Data 4 All partners met in person on 10-12 June 2024 in Norway for a partner meeting and site visits. 

Group Photo, Partner Meeting on Norway, 10-12 June 2024

We visited Svåheia Eiendom, a landfill site and an industrial development area, owned by Eigersund, Sokndal and Bjerkreim municipalities and learned about their activities, strategic plans, data flows and challenges. Svåheia Eiendom is planning to expand, become commercially regulated & accessible, to be able to perform processing & repurposing of waste, become a competency-hub for circular economy, waste, minerals, renewable energy, and a cluster for networking and partnership. Exchanging data with stakeholders, decision makers, politicians, interest groups and inhabitants from the areas is an essential for successful implementation of the development plans. 

During the site-visit to Berentsens Brygghus in Egersund we learned about the story of the company and their recent  experience with expanding with an additional location. Building a whisky hall in the centre of Egersund required an extensive cooperation and data exchange with Egersund Municipality, County Council as well as all involved subcontracted companies. 

We also appreciated an intervention from the company Multiconsult on planning phases in building projects, exchange of data, necessary planning steps and challenges. Acquiring permits, coordination with authorities and subcontractors, planning necessary resources (water, electricity) is often challenging. Data quality is often an issue. Some data is sensitive (e.g. on energy). And some data is missing e.g. on water sewing.

Tectal North AS explained how they are collecting data, by counting pedestrians and bikes as well as by climate sensors (air and noise pollution). This allows e.g. to measure surface temp and predict weather conditions, like icy roads, and warn users e.g. bikers and pedestrians. The data is stored in the cloud and made available to customers (e.g. local authorities).

Company Fabriq made an intervention on Data & GenAi and Data handling. Fabriq platform combines neural networks with trusted data in a cognitive architecture that provide teams of multilingual digital domain experts that you can converse with using natural language.

Tomas Folens, Vives hogeschool, discussed ethics in organisation (norms and values), related to the norms and values when implementing the pilot. Ethics in working with data and AI are widely discussed, also on EU level. Tomas provided examples and ideas for training AI in ethics. Ethics should be involved in the process, not at the end of the AI training. By involving stakeholders one can make a product more ethical. Ethical choice is a choice where the values are involved. Responsibility for ethics should be one of the roles in a team working out technical solutions.

We also looked closer at the Work Packages in the project. Juho Lindman, Gothenburg University, recalled progress made on the Knowledge pool in the Work Package 1 Research. WP1 partners will create an inventory of the articles drafted so far. A shared team’s group will be set-up by Leiedal to allow simultaneous work on article development. Bieke Blauwblomme, Leiedal, made a review of what was achieved so far in Work Package 3 Prototyping. She discussed PSAPs updates, trainings and presented results of the pilot survey. David Manthey, Heinrich Böll Foundation Schleswig-Holstein, looked at the planned deliverables in Work Package 4 Distribution. David talked about the newsletter evaluation, booklet, podcasts, potential events as well as the mainstreaming and engagement plan.

The next Data 4 All partner meeting is planned for 9-10 October 2024 in Kiel, Germany.

Partner meeting, Norway