[CODATA-international] The Importance of Data Ethics in Research and Education

Geoffrey Boulton Geoff.Boulton at ed.ac.uk
Mon Feb 27 13:31:40 EST 2023

Dear Suchith

It would be worth contacting Dr Tshiamo Motshegwa (T.Motshegwa at nrf.ac.za<mailto:T.Motshegwa at nrf.ac.za>), Director of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP), suggesting a conversation, as there my be productive synergies in ethical data issues. It would at least be good if the two organisations were aware of each other's existence. The AOSP is currently setting up regional centres for five major areas of Africa. I will forward your note to Tshiamo.

All good wishes


On 27 Feb 2023, at 17:26, Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>> wrote:

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We are living in a digitally transformed society. Data drives problem solving and better decision making. While the digital revolution has transformed the way we live, solving many issues; it has also given rise to numerous questions and challenges which affect everyone. What governance policies and frameworks are needed to make sure digital technologies and opportunities are available for everyone and there are no monopolies created? How do we make sure there are proper governance mechanisms in place to embed values in all data ecosystems?

The Ethical Data Initiative provides a neutral space to bring together diverse actors and stakeholders, shaping the future of data governance. In doing so, we aim to increase equality and inclusivity in the data space; building data confidence and empowering the digital citizens of tomorrow.

The Ethical Data Initiative is working with a consortium of over 20 universities in South East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) to establish Ethical Data Research Centres in Universities in Africa to build capacity in Data Science and Data Ethics. More details at https://ethicaldatainitiative.org/2022/11/28/call-for-hosting-ethical-data-research-centres/

Key aims :

  *   Provide a neutral space to enable multilateral conversations in data ethics.
  *   Provide Ethical Digital Leadership, priority setting, collaboration, development, and guidance to both public and private sectors.
  *   Co-develop with interested organisations policy frameworks for Data Ethics in consultation with all stakeholders.
  *   Co-develop with interested universities and scientific organisations a series of Executive Education Programmes, aimed at senior government officials and industry leaders.
  *   Provide advice in Data Ethics and Data governance to governments, industry and the research community.
  *   Co-develop with interested organisations Digital Citizenship Training for the education sector.
  *   Co-develop with interested organisations policy, programmes and campaigns to raise public awareness around the importance of data ethics.
  *   Growing a partnership community to amplify key messages and output.

On behalf of the Ethical Data Initiative<https://ethicaldatainitiative.org/> and the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD)<https://www.aicad.or.ke/>, we would like to invite you to a Webinar exploring “The Importance of Data Ethics in Research and Education”. This online event, jointly organised by AICAD and the Ethical Data Initiative, will take place on Monday 6 March from 12h00-13h30 UTC

More details of the webinar and how to register is at https://ethicaldatainitiative.org/2023/02/27/the-importance-of-data-ethics-in-research-and-education/

We welcome ideas and proposals for establishing Ethical Data Research Centres in Universities globally to build knowledge and capacity for data ethics in universities.

Details at https://ethicaldatainitiative.org/2022/11/28/call-for-hosting-ethical-data-research-centres/

If you are interested in building knowledge and capacity in data ethics or discussing potential areas for collaboration, please contact us.

Best wishes


Dr Suchith Anand
Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | Board member | Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate


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