Open Source Communications, Analytics and Research Development Centre

The Open Source Communications, Analytics and Research (OSCAR) Development Centre has been established to systematically investigate how the ‘information age’ is changing the operating environment for policing and community safety providers, and the implications that flow from this.

Its particular focus is upon how an information abundance of ‘open source’ data is creating both new challenges and opportunities for police and their partners in terms of methodologies, problems and organisational structures.

Funded by the College of Policing, Home Office and Higher Education Funding Council for England, OSCAR has established a strategic partnership between the Institute and the UK Counter-Terrorism Functions Command, South Wales Police, West Midlands Police, Surrey Police, Sussex Police, Cardiff Council and the London Borough of Sutton.

Seeded by previous projects, the OSCAR project exemplifies the Institute’s strategic intent to design new ideas and approaches by blending expertise in computer science and social research.