The primary focus of this affinity group is to call attention to ethical considerations around ongoing and newly proposed work using Linked Data technologies. A core guiding principle of the group is that ethics should be a forethought, not an afterthought, of any initiative as a way to not only potentially reduce harm, but to prevent further harm. The group serves as a space for exploration and discussion of the ethical implications (both positive and negative) of linked data and work towards developing a Code of Ethics and toolkit of resources to provide a critical and ethical framework for designing linked data projects. The group aims to act in an advisory capacity to the LD4 community and beyond.

Motivating areas of work

  • Identification of existing barriers to implementing an ethical framework
  • Recognizing global and cultural differences on right, wrong, legal, ethical
  • Differentiating between decisions and labor around creating and publishing
  • Addressing complicated and problematic legacy data
  • Confronting potential loss of control as a result of more open and available data
  • Respecting the wishes and desires of the creators
  • Utilizing new technology in order to enhance current possibilities



Calls take place on the 3rd Monday of the month at 11 AM PT / 12 PM MT / 1 PM CT / 2 PM ET via Zoom (link can be found in the agendas)

  • 2021-09-13 (different time: 08 AM PT / 09 AM MT / 10 AM CT / 11 AM ET) Agenda

Past Calls

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