We have been exploring the idea of building a platform for the Participatory Accounting of Social Impacts (in Scotland) – PASI. Waste reduction is the social impact that we are focussing on for our proof-of-concept (PoC) implementation, and the diagram (below) shows the flow of waste reduction related data, through our PoC.
A few notes about this PoC:
- Potentially any individual/organisaton can be a “participant” (a peer-actor) in the PASI information system. A participant might publish data into PASI’s open, distributed (RDF) data graph; or/and consume data from it.
In our PoC, participants can…
- Supply measurement/observational data (quantities, times, descriptions). E.g. the instances of reuse/recycling supplied by
- Provide reference metrics (measuring and categorisation standards). E.g. the carbon impact metric provided by
- Contribute secondary data (joining data, secondary calculations). E.g. the source→reference mappings, and the calculated standardised waste reduction data contributed by
- Build apps which consume the data from the PASI information system. E.g. a webapp which provides a dashboard onto waste reduction, for the general public.
- Directly use the data in the distributed PASI graph. E.g. a federated SPARQL query constructed by a data analyst.