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The Data Ethics Canvas

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Editor Comments:  “In the academic setting, we’re seeing an increasing interest in and awareness of the importance of research data management (RDM) and data security. This resource from the Open Data Institute provides a handy visual for helping any user of data think critically about the resources they’re using and what their responsibilities and obligations might be. This is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this topic, but it’s a good way to dive in!” – Catherine McGoveran

The ODI has developed a new approach for organisations to identify and manage data ethics considerations: the Data Ethics Canvas

Data ethics is a rapidly emerging area. Increasingly, those collecting, sharing and working with data are exploring the ethics of their practices and, in some cases, being forced to confront those ethics in the face of public criticism.

Codes of data ethics are being developed across sectors, ethics training is becoming more common and debates are accelerating on issues like the monetisation of personal data, bias in data sources and algorithms, and the consequences of under-representation in data.

The Data Ethics Canvas is designed to help identify potential ethical issues associated with a data project or activity. It promotes understanding and debate around the foundation, intention and potential impact of any piece of work, and helps identify the steps needed to act ethically.

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