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Fostering Trustworthy Data Sharing: Establishing Data Foundations in Practice

Stalla-Bourdillon, Sophie; Carmichael, Laura; Wintour, Alexsis

Independent data stewardship remains a core component of good data governance practice. Yet, there is a need for more robust independent data stewardship models that are able to oversee data-driven, multi-party data sharing, usage and re-usage, which can better incorporate citizen representation, especially in relation to personal data.

We propose that data foundations – inspired by Channel Islands’ foundations laws – provide a workable model for good data governance not only in the Channel Islands but also elsewhere. A key advantage of this model – in addition to leveraging existing legislation and building on established precedent – is the statutory role of the guardian that is a unique requirement in the Channel Islands, and when interpreted in a data governance model provides the independent data steward.

The principal purpose for this paper therefore is to demonstrate why data foundations are well suited to the needs of data sharing initiatives. We further examine how data foundations could be established in practice – and provide key design principles that should be used to guide the design and development of any data foundation.

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