Manifesto for Data Practices
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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