Vladimir Šucha is a senior policy adviser at UNESCO, where he is on one-year sabbatical from the European Commission. He was in the leading positions of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission since 2012. Before he spent 6 years in the position of director for culture and media in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission, he held various positions in the area of European and international affairs. Between 2005 and 2006, he was director of the Slovak Research and Development Agency, national body responsible for funding research. He worked at the Slovak Representation to the EU in Brussels as research, education and culture counselor (2000-2004). In parallel, he has followed a long-term academic and research career, being a full professor in Slovakia and visiting professor/scientist at different academic institutions in many countries. He published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.
New technologies are generating large amounts of data available for analysis and allow for faster interchange of knowledge and massive opening up of research results, data and information which can be used to underpin policy development. The potential of data and big data for public policy is considerable. The possibility of using new and big data sources to "nowcast" socio and economic phenomena rather than wait for official statistics to be produced may contribute to much more reflexive and adaptive public policies. The ability to combine and correlate data sets on different phenomena opens up the possibility of better understanding the complex wicked problems that we increasingly face. However, while we have seen many interesting use-cases emerge for big data in the private sector, we have many fewer use-cases for public policy.
In this presentation, Vladimír Šucha, Director General of the European Commission´s Joint Research Centre, will share his views on what can be done in order to better use this potential.