Data Ethics Canvas

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Data Ethics Canvas

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The ODI’s Data Ethics Canvas is aimed at improving ethical practices in data projects and therefore helping to build trust in data

The ODI’s Data Ethics Canvas is a practical advocacy tool aimed at improving ethical practices in data projects and therefore helping to build trust in data. The ODI developed the canvas in support of its vision for people, organisations and communities to use data to make better decisions and be protected from any harmful impacts.

Data ethics is a rapidly emerging area. Increasingly, those collecting, sharing and working with data are exploring the ethics of their practices and, in some cases, being forced to confront those ethics in the face of public criticism.

Codes of data ethics are being developed across sectors, ethics training is becoming more common and debates are accelerating on issues like the monetisation of personal data, bias in data sources and algorithms, and the consequences of under-representation in data. But many of these debates are theoretical and are difficult to engage with, or to use in day-to-day processes.


Read about the project in more detail in our Data Ethics Canvas case study