Data Stewardship Principles

I attended a workshop hosted by the Digital Equity Lab where we discussed data stewardship. We used three sets of sample principles to generate group discussions. I think these can serve as a very helpful launching point for organizations seeking to develop their own specific principles.

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and Detroit Community Technology Project’s Guidelines for Equitable Open Data

  • Protect the people represented by the numbers.
  • Don’t retain personal information ties to accessing government services.
  • Publish data about government processes, even for “public” vendors.
  • Prioritize the release of new datasets based on community interest.
  • Increase transparency around how datasets are defined and processed.
  • Engage residents offline about open data.
  • Share what’s coming next.

James Felton Keith’s proposed Data Bill of Rights

  • The Right to Data Erasure: or to be forgotten;
  • The Right to Data Portability: or to move either originals or copies;
  • The Right to Data Restrictive Processing: or decide how analytics are leveraged;
  • The Right to Data Education: or acquiring knowledge and skills needed to make decisions;
  • The Right to Data Redress: or receive a fair settlement of just claims against processors;
  • The Right to Data Ownership: or possession of property, regardless of the processors;

Best Practices to Secure Health Care Data

  • Protect the network;
  • Educate staff members (and volunteers);
  • Encrypt portable devices;
  • Secure wireless networks;
  • Implement physical security controls;
  • Write a mobile device policy;
  • Delete unnecessary data;
  • Vet third parties’ security; and
  • Have a data breach response plan