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.

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

Does your organisation have a data deletion policy?

Now that storing data is easy and cheap, it can be tempting to keep everything that you collect.  Bruce Schneier points out the pitfalls of this approach in his discussion of the recent Sony hack: If Sony had had an aggressive data deletion policy, much of what was leaked couldn’t have been stolen and wouldn’t have been published… […]

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

Responsible humanitarian and disaster response project lifecycle

This is a guide to planning the various stages of a project involving data, with sections for people starting out on a project or those already halfway through an initiative. In particular, check out the sections on closing a project successfully, including designing projects with a finite lifespan and enforcing a definitive ‘hands-off’ date (p.8). Where this […]

This resource can help you with: Getting DataSharing Data
Issue areas: Data re-useIdentity, anonymity & privacyPeople’s agency & ownership
This resource was produced in a Responsible Data Forum.

RD Book: Shooting your hard drive into space

This book, organized around the data lifecycle, highlights responsible data concerns, recommendations, and real-world examples in the context of international development programming.

This resource can help you with: Awareness-RaisingGetting 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.

Liveblog: Responsible Data Forum

09:00AM The first Responsible Data Forum is about to kick off! The room is filling up with participants, spirits are high and brains are firing up. The room is composed of a large and diverse group of people interested in defining the perils and pitfalls, best practices and collaborations around responsibility in data collection from […]