All nonprofits and foundations interact with digital data.
Civil society organizations face a common challenge: Getting the greatest public benefit from digital data while protecting the rights of individuals to manage their own information
Digital data are not like time or money. They can be used by many people at once, can be easily copied at very low cost, and remixed for many purposes.
Degrees of Access
Digital data can be shared very easily, and doing so may help you achieve your mission. Decisions about opening or closing access to your organization’s digital data should be made in alignment with your mission and based on best practices in consent and privacy.
Just as there are processes for managing financial resources there are processes for managing digital data. The data lifecyle is a useful frame for considering how different parts of your organization interact with digital data at different stages and different points in time.
Civil society organizations should manage digital data in alignment with their mission, respecting people’s privacy and their choice to participate voluntarily.