Social dimensions

two peopleProject vision: identifying and responding to social conditions and risks so that next generation decision tools contribute to a fair, sustainable and productive land sector in Australia

Social, institutional and economic considerations of achieving impact from science and innovation are as important as the underpinning technological infrastructure. Understanding the social, ethical and trust dimensions of digital agriculture is a must in order to identify and respond to the social conditions and risks that shape the Digiscape operating environment. This is pivotal for both feasibility and adoption because the development and implementation of technological innovations is fundamentally shaped by social processes.

Successful development of next generation decision tools requires an understanding of the broader social and institutional context that landholders operate within. This is also important in ensuring that technology development focuses on real-world problems that can be readily identified and valued by land sector decision-makers. By including social aspects as a key component of Digiscape, we will build systems and approaches that increase trust through managing data ownership and stewardship, privacy, confidentiality and associated regulatory issues that need to be addressed across multiple domains.

The social dimensions component of Digiscape includes an explicit focus on landholders’ information and advice networks. This will help guide the creation of successful niches and networks for experimentation, learning and the convergence of visions and expectations, which are vital to the successful development and implementation of the technological innovations that Digiscape is seeking to enact.

This project is led by Dr Emma Jakku.