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Information Resilience. ECR project by Dr Karen Blay, Loughborough University

Dr Karen Blay, Loughborough University
'Information Resilience – exploring ways to leverage data and information to deliver a digital built Britain'


The aim of this proposed research is to develop a holistic Information Resilience (IR) model which will systematically demonstrate how information in Digital Built Britain could be made resilient throughout its lifecycle: creation and use, storage and reuse, and preservation stages. Information Resilience can be defined as the process of reducing the vulnerability of information to threats during its lifespan. This holistic process will inform future digital policies and supplement existing work on information security risk and cover relevance and validity of information. This research is timely because information, which is the core of digitisation in the Built Environment, is vulnerable to diverse threats throughout its lifespan and requires a holistic model to facilitate the resilience of information.  

To develop the IR model, the following objectives will be carried out:  

  1. Categorise information types in the Built Environment;  
  2. Identify and classify information vulnerabilities;  
  3. Identify the necessary capabilities to ensure information resilience,  
  4. Synthesise findings to develop an IR process model and  
  5. Disseminate the developed model to inform policy and support change in the Digital Built Britain.  

Karen Bray image from report

To date, objective 1 has been completed and the research team is set to go into the field to collect data. For the data collection, three exemplar construction projects will be studied. The Critical Incident Technique (CIT) will be employed to identify vulnerabilities, and the capabilities required to reduce vulnerabilities. The findings will then be synthesised to develop the IR model. The developed IR model will be validated through a focus group study comprising construction experts, and experts from other digitised sectors who ensure the resilience of information over its lifecycle.

Contact: Dr Karen Blay