Data re-use

Sharing data has many obvious benefits, but there are pitfalls too – both ethical and practical. Once data is published, there’s no telling how it will be adopted, re-purposed and re-used. These resources highlight ways you can reduce the risk of harm – without missing out on the positive outcomes.

Looking back at 2016 in the Responsible Data community

As the year draws to an end, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the Responsible Data community, and to take a closer look at all the amazing things that its members have accomplished together this year. Thanks to the Responsible Data community, 2016 has been the year of stimulating dialogue, practical challenges in […]

Responsible Data Concerns with Open Source Intelligence

Open source intelligence (OSINT) is based on publicly available information, both offline and online. OSINT has proven itself to be extremely valuable in a wide range of industries, from business intelligence to investigative journalism and humanitarian relief. Corporations such as Goldman Sachs use publicly sourced market and political intelligence to identify risks, while international NGOs protect their […]

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Session on ‘Opening data, protecting privacy’ at the International Open Data Conference

Javier Ruiz’s session at the International Open Data Conference in Ottawa looked at open data privacy principles, risks to be aware of, and strategies to ensure the privacy risks of open data are well managed. The full notes are thorough and well worth reading, but some particular highlights included: an edited version of the Sunlight Foundation’s list […]

This resource can help you with: Getting DataSharing Data
Issue areas: Data re-useIdentity, anonymity & privacy

DataKind UK’s approach to addressing responsible data issues for the Citizens Advice Bureau project

Datakind UK and Citizens Advice Bureau (a British organisation that gives advice to citizens about their rights) recently collaborated on a project to make better use of the CAB’s data, finding that: Getting the most out of data without compromising confidentiality and privacy is tricky. It presents some genuinely difficult judgments as organisations weigh the risks and benefits, and is […]

This resource can help you with: Managing dataSharing Data
Issue areas: Data re-useIdentity, anonymity & privacyInformed consent

Zara Rahman: Using IATI data responsibly

Zara Rahman on challenges in publishing and using data from the International Aid Transparency Index (IATI), and some ways of dealing with them: (These are slides from Zara’s talk at the Responsible Data for Humanitarian Response meeting in The Hague in late February.)

This resource can help you with: Managing dataSharing Data
Issue areas: Data re-use

Utopian and Dystopian Theories of Change – A Template

Widely-held Opinion (to which I subscribe): There is a huge amount of potential power to be unlocked in non-profits using technology in their quest for positive change in the world.

This resource can help you with: Getting DataManaging dataResponding to crisisSharing Data
Issue areas: Data qualityData re-useIdentity, anonymity & privacyInformed consentPeople’s agency & ownership
This resource was produced in a Responsible Data Forum.

Responsible data challenges in humanitarian and advocacy organisations: what are the differences?

We were excited to take part in an event in late February on ‘Responsible Data for Humanitarian Response’, which aimed to better understand how humanitarian organisations can collect and manage data in a way that respects individuals’ rights to consent, privacy, security and ownership

The potential benefits of re-using open government data responsibly

The European Public Sector Information Platform has published a report on re-using open government data responsibly: Organizations and individuals have usually put the burden of mitigating risks on governments’ shoulders, pressuring them to release data that already carries no potential privacy or security dangers….[but] there is now an increasing understanding about duties and responsibilities related […]

This resource can help you with: Sharing Data
Issue areas: Data re-use