Andrew McHugh

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    Email: andrew.mchugh@glasgow.ac.uk

    Research Interests:

    • Semantic Web
    • Information and Knowledge Management
    • Information Science & Retrieval

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Some Challenges of ‘Keeping Personal Data Personal’

priceDominic Price, Horizon Digital Economy Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham describes some of the difficulties faced by his team in their attempts to develop systems that empower users to control their own data.


One of the key themes in Horizon, since it started 5+ years ago, has been ‘keeping personal data personal’. What we’ve tended to mean by this is that an individual should retain all the rights to the digital data that they produce (social media content, data from smart meters in the home, data from activity loggers, and so on) and that the individual should be the ultimate gatekeeper of access to that data. This simple idea is a reversal of the way that most current service providers implement their systems, the usual method is that user data is uploaded to the service providers servers and the service provider then maintains and controls access to that data.

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Posted in CREATe Blog

Event Perspective: Fashion Exchange – London-Berlin – Dialogue – Young Designers and Creative Economy

CREATe Researcher Dr. Bettina Springer describes a recent event exploring the future politics and economics of the fashion scenes in Berlin and London.


On Monday 22 February 2016 leading fashion designers and entrepreneurs, politicians, journalists and academics from Berlin and London met for the “Fashion Exchange – London-Berlin – Dialogue – Young Designers and Creative Economy” at the British Council Berlin. The event was jointly organized by Prof Angela McRobbie from Goldsmiths and Prof Oliver MacConnell from the bbw Hochschule Berlin.

image1About 50 people attended the event to discuss the future politics and economics of Berlin and London fashion scene.

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CREATe Working Paper: Copying, Creativity and Copyright

Ronan Deazley of Queen’s University Belfast and Bartolomeo Meletti, CREATe researcher and Lead Producer of CopyrightUser.org introduce their CREATe Working Paper entitled ‘Copying, Creativity and Copyright‘.


Copying and creativity are often presented in antithetical terms: if you are copying you are not being creative, and vice versa. And within the context of copyright law, copying is often conflated with concepts like theft, piracy and immorality: to copy is to attack creators trying to make a living from their work. But in truth, copying can be and often is creative. The creative process thrives upon practices of adaptation, imitation and borrowing, and copyright should and does accommodate those creative practices. The short animated film The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair – which on 12 November 2015 won the AHRC Research in Film Award for Innovation in Film – provides a practical example of how copyright enables and encourages many forms of lawful, creative copying. In less than four minutes, the film includes over 80 instances of the lawful reuse of and reference to well-known copyright and public domain works, as well as factual information and recent copyright litigation.

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Posted in Media Briefings, Working Papers