Ethics and Social Aspects of Data IG


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Ethical and social issues with respect to data archiving, sharing, and reuse cut across many of the technical and policy work of the rest of the RDA.  Such issues are complementary to but separate from legal and regulatory aspects, since technology usually outpaces law and law itself is underpinned by ethical agreements and social contracts.

Topics of interest include the kinds/types of data that can be archived and reused and under what circumstances; education of researchers, research respondents, administrators, ethics bodies; gray and difficult areas of research that create new challenges for data management  ("dangerous data", legacy data, retrospective analyses, medical humanities, wellness/lifestyle data); developing policies and practices that encourage appropriate data sharing yet protect researchers and their research respondents; obligations to and impacts on families, communities, and societies; the ethics of reuse.

Recent Activity

09 Oct 2019

P14 Session Chair Update

In preparation for Plenary 14 in Helsinki, please refer to the information presented below pertaining to your breakout sessions.


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04 Sep 2019

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24 Jun 2019

Plenary 14 Session Submission Deadline Is Thursday!

With Plenary 14 (P14) scheduled to occur from October 23-25, the deadline for session submission is this Thursday, 27 June at 16:00 UTC.

Submissions for meeting sessions are open to working groups, interest groups, joint groups and birds of feather (BoF) meetings.

Please note, however, submissions are accepted from group chairs only. If you submit a session request for a group, please notify the other chairs of that group.

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open!

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.

15 May 2019

ethics curricula for data science

Dear IG members,
at RDA 13 in Philadelphia, the keynote by Julia Stoyanovich[1][2] outlined
key challenges for data science practice, which she framed as "responsible
data science is our new frontier". One aspect highlighted in there was the
need for standards in teaching such responsible data science, for which she
gave her course[3] as an example.
Following the keynote, at the IG's meeting[4], we have discussed the
importance of ethics curricula for data science and agreed to create a task

08 Apr 2019

Summary of RDA Plenary 13

Dear colleagues:

We had a well attended and lively IG meeting and discussion on the ethics of data science. I wanted to thank our panelists (Fran Berman, Alison Specht, and Myrna Morales), Bonnie Tijerina (who had to cancel but kindly sent me some of her ideas and thoughts on the subject  - I've uploaded them to to the ESAD IG site), Oya Beyan (co-chair and presenter), and Stefan Reichmann, the RDA Europe early career fellow who helped support us before and during the plenary (his summary is also on the ESAG IG site).  Please take a look when you get a chance.