Manifesto for Data Practices


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These principles, taken together, describe the most effective, ethical, and modern approach to data teamwork.

  • Use data to improve life for our users, customers, organizations, and communities.
  • Create reproducible and extensible work.
  • Build teams with diverse ideas, backgrounds, and strengths.
  • Prioritize the continuous collection and availability of discussions and metadata.
  • Clearly identify the questions and objectives that drive each project and use to guide both planning and refinement.
  • Be open to changing our methods and conclusions in response to new knowledge.
  • Recognize and mitigate bias in ourselves and in the data we use.
  • Present our work in ways that empower others to make better-informed decisions.
  • Consider carefully the ethical implications of choices we make when using data, and the impacts of our work on individuals and society.
  • Respect and invite fair criticism while promoting the identification and open discussion of errors, risks, and unintended consequences of our work.
  • Protect the privacy and security of individuals represented in our data.
  • Help others to understand the most useful and appropriate applications of data to solve real-world problems.

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