Title: The role of Knowledge Management and Learning to Reduce the Digital Carbon Footprint of Organisations
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Tom Jackson
Loughborough University, UK

Tom Jackson (BSc, PhD, FBCS, FCybS) is a Professor of Information and Knowledge Management. He has over 20 years’ experience of research and industrial consultancy and secured over £40M of research funding. His research areas are Email, Social Media Communication; Information Retrieval; and Applied and Theory based Knowledge Management, including his Natural Language Processing Email Knowledge Extraction system (EKE) that has the world’s best f-ranking measure. In addition to this, his EMOTIVE project holds the world’s best f-measure for fine grained emotion detection. He is on a number of editorial boards for international journals and reviews for many more and has published more than 160 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He is currently the Editor of the Journal – Knowledge Management Research & Practice.

He has given a number of invited keynote talks throughout the world. Funding sources for his research including EPSRC, Royal Society, EU H2020, Private (e.g. SAP), Public (e.g. Leicestershire Constabulary, The National Archives); KTPs and 3rd Sector (Amateur Swimming Association – predicting swimmer attendance) and won a number of prizes for his research, notable the research undertaken with Leicestershire Police and the implementation of Mobile Data Terminals in all Police Vehicles. Recent multi-million projects worked on: Robust Lifecycle Design and Health Monitoring for Fuel-Cell Extended Performance project; the Adaptive Informatics for Intelligent Manufacturing (AI2M) project; and the EU H2020 Toxi-Triage project.

The role of Knowledge Management and Learning to Reduce the Digital Carbon Footprint of Organisations

In the pursuit of net-zero, the decarbonization activities of organizations is a critical feature of any sustainability strategy. Government policy and recent technological innovations do not address the digital carbon footprint of organizations, however. The keynote presents the concept of single-use dark data and how knowledge reuse by organizations is a means to digital decarbonization. Businesses in all sectors must contribute to reducing digital carbon emissions globally and the keynote is thefirst to examine ‘how’ from a knowledge (re)use perspective. Drawing on insights from the knowledge creation process, the keynote discussed a set of pathways to greater knowledge reuse for the reduction of organizations’ digital carbon footprint. If businesses are to be proactive in their collective pursuit of net-zero then it becomes paramount that reducing the digital carbon footprint becomes a key sustainability target. The keynote presents how this might be accomplished, offering practical and actionable guidance to businesses for digital decarbonization.

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