UCL Open Data Ecology Model

The Need

“Global challenges require global solutions which can be applied locally and new forms of international cooperation are urgently needed in order to secure acceptable living conditions for future generations. The Global Challenges Foundation believes twenty first century risks – termed ‘global catastrophic risks’ when they threaten the survival of at least 10 per cent of the world’s population – is an important source of ever-increasing interconnectedness between the nations of the world. Because these risks transcend national borders, we need new global solutions that our current systems of global governance struggle to deliver.

Many of the risks now threatening humanity have originated from a rapid pace of industrial development coupled with the population explosion. However, it is the GCF’s belief that human ingenuity, which after all has brought us this far, can, if it is properly channelled, manage and minimize the risks and thereby secure a better future for all.The need simplified is a new design model for global cooperation.” Where do we start?

UCL Design model for global cooperation


We currently are living in a technological age operating under pre internet governance structures designed for an industrial system based on infinite use of a finite resource. By definition this is not sustainable.

Our existing industrial system ecology is characterised by a mechanistic and reductionist worldview, increasing inequity in the allocation of resources and a number of unprecedented global risks. Technology has brought real time global communications, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, virtual & physically inter-operability, 3D Printing/localised manufacturing and smart IOT automation with the promise of trillions in efficiency dividends but also the threat of mass job loss, “click to kill” security threats and human obsolescence.

What is the systemic model to bring together the benefits of technologies and the industrial ability to efficiently make things to meet the need for an effective collective decision and governance model to address making global problems and support our transition to a smart sustainable society?

Baum & Singh's “Evolutionary Dynamics of Organisms" describe our technological age and need for a spanning organisation “dominant design” to transition from our “era of ferment” to an era of incremental managed change.

Without a clear vision and dominant design that “recognises all stakeholder nuances” and provides a way to bring them together in a way which achieves each of their needs/motives… our human evolution and transition to a smart sustainable society is left to “happenstance”. Any such vision and model must be holistic and represent the community as a whole including consumers, regions, SME’s, industry, education, technology, charitable and government interests (8 tribes of open intelligence).

Where to start

The Economist has identified that it is not technology that defines our current era. It is data and that ceding control of all our data to a few vendors is a bad idea. Furthermore the current regulatory model is not fit-for-purpose as it has failed to keep up with the pace of technological change. Data is the blood that runs through the system and connects us all. Data is fundamental for intelligent local & global decision making and governance. However no structures, standards exist for the interconnection & administration of data at any level.

This lack of a knowledge & data model framework design for international cooperation is the missing link in our post internet transition to a true interconnected global society, as a network of smart decentralised autonomous sustainable communities proactively addressing global risks.

In essence we must and in fact have no choice but to address “data connectivity" as the core issue/problem to be solved, if we hope to evolve to a digital age UN style 2.0 decision making, governance and communication system to progress the global risk debate combined with a practical system for communities to address risks and issues locally.

More simply data (and its control) is the strategic & systemic point of “mutual self-interest” leverage to create a spanning organisation, governance, operating system and social capital model to create a truly representative self-funding global community body with inbuilt continuous learning.

What is missing?

Unidata CommunityLink (UCL) is the missing link which provides a an spanning organisation dominant design model for an international cooperation which systemically organises, integrates and provides the pathway for Regional , Industry, R & D , Charitable, Consumer, Technology & Government stakeholders to come together to support our transition to a smart and locally based sustainable society funded through system efficiencies it creates.

The UCL design provides a single unifying global vision, strategy, cooperation model, organisational methodology, legal & commercial structure, commercialisation strategy and ICT implementation plan that can align, leverage delivery of a range of existing knowledge, data and ICT infrastructure initiatives creating ongoing systemic revenue streams and addressing systemic risks.

The design model for international collaboration

Unidata Community (Access Inter)Link or CommunityLink is a Breakthrough "open ecology" spanning organizational model which is circular, lean and exponentially social. The CL smart society system vision is a global co-operation amongst a decentralised autonomous network of smart communities (enabled by a commercially neutral, open data infrastructure) working together to support locally based sustainable value creation and its equitable distribution via a new social contract.

The CommunityLink model uses a Limited Partnership (LP) structure similar to Global Legal and Accounting firms operating decentralised autonomous networks managed by local partners. Established and deployed by a Unidroit style (global legal unification) “Unidata Governance Foundation” the system enables approved Consumer, Industry, Regional, R & D, Charitable, Technology & Government “Access” partners to establish their own smart data hub/exchange to act as the Investment manager of their own information, data and associated revenues within a global co-operation.

Access Partners manage their localised data ownership, security, risk and smart community transition. This enables inter community data sharing and closed loop automation within a decentralised autonomous network to support pre-defined "smart community, industry or consumer solutions".A new social contract (Mutual reciprocal PACT) ensures that significant $$ & efficiency benefits (e.g. trillions predicted by the IOT industry) are returned equitably & systemically (smart contract algorithm) to all community stakeholders.

The General Partners of Access LP’s are Not for Profit entities such as Associations who recognise that an Access Limited Partnership which enables member access an open ecology as simply a natural extension of their current mandate to represent member interests.

The design incorporates a Social Capital Investment Bank of funds from systemic community margins to internally fund the co-operation. It starts by harnessing and leveraging the global smart city and industry revolution underway creating the potential for a strategic leap for the “whole” not the few.

The Institutions / Descision Paths / Control Mechanisms

Operating within existing national boundaries “Access” LP’s for the 8 tribes establish a National Data Administrator (NDA) entity as General Partner with themselves as LP’s of a national Partnership. Specific “Access” Board Advisory Councils secure ongoing Access user operational requirement.

Similarly the Unidata Foundation is the General Partner of a global co-operative partnership and general assembly of national based Access partners LP’s. Access Board advisory councils support the Governing Council and Secretariat ensuring system design, governance and operational implementation meets member needs, for example

  • Consumer Access digital voting capability for a "global Citizens assembly”
  • Regional Access leverage of existing global Parliament of Mayors and smart city programs
  • Industry Access open data hubs protecting against privatisation of industry supply chains and strengthening Industry governance
  • R & D & Charitable Access distribution of systemic margins to address knowledge gaps and global problems of greatest need both locally and globally
  • Government Access enables national governments to engage as one tribe within a global open ecology cooperation to maximise efficiencies and service delivery within its process mandate.

Using a proven commercial structure to meet the need for a“commercial and legal framework to support the digital representation of the real world” enables us to create a true global partnership of trusted communities and evolve legal documentation to a dynamic global constitution or “CommunityLink Trust”. Agreements can be secured and automated via new smart contract technology as part of the UCL operating system.

Benefits of this approach to stakeholders

  1. creates the commercial framework & legal environment necessary for the International collaboration to commence building a bridging system for transition to a fully integrated, inter-operable smart sustainable society
  2. enables partners to maintain their current activities and engage in the general partner initially as one additional activity... so risk in engaging immediately is minimised
  3. provides Not for Profit General Partners with a commercial & legal structure to receipt investment and grant dollars to get paid to establish the commercially neutral infrastructure without conflict of interest
  4. provides the UCL "open ecology" Access LP data interlinks an ongoing systemic % revenue stream from the UCL network to drive ongoing design and development for the benefit of their Access members

The collaboration design model, functional organisational methodology, legal & commercial structure provides the mechanism for user governance of data unification for the global decentralised, open information and data marketplace i.e. “open ecology”. It provides the methodology to create a bridging system from the existing industrial ecology to a new community based market system/ecology based on sustainable value creation and its equitable distribution. A starting point benchmark is the existing “Unidroit” approach to global legal unification.

Summary of Model highlights

  • Commercially neutral infrastructure with user established Unidata Foundation management, operation & governance.
  • Open data ownership, access & exchange framework to create data standard for inter-city and inter-regional sharing and enable closed loop automation
  • Deployment of smart city and smart industry data hubs (interlinks) for an “open ecology”
  • Citizen ownership of their private data, “Smart Community/Industry Institution” establishment control of their campus/data hub
  • Permission based ownership of aggregated data
  • Multi-Level Knowledge model to maximise linkages for predefined smart city, industry and consumer product outcomes
  • Community ownership of public resource
  • Physical & virtual forum to address critical global risks
  • Social capital contract using revolving funds & community loyalty methodology to ensure benefits shared equitably at a local and global level
  • Government, business, community and citizen agendas aligned
  • Collective investment methodology via Social Capital Investment Trust to provide single point to secure IP & investment to
    1. facilitate ongoing system & product development
    2. separate commercial requirements from “neutral infrastructure” role
    3. establish “internal social capital funding bank”
  • UCL AU Smart society Lighthouse Phase 1 – local industry platform Proof of concept start point that captures generic access templates and creates a sustainable network for global roll out

In essence the Unidata model enables existing players to partner and build the “bridging system” to a new International co-operation structure and open community ecology without disturbing their existing operating vehicle.

This introduction is the Abstract from the “UCL Design model for global Cooperation” entry into the Global Challenges Foundation new shapes prize . The full paper including Description of the model (5,500 words) and Argumentation (2750) words can be found here.