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Empowering Ethical Research: The Centre for Applied Data Ethics at UK Statistics Authority

The Centre for Applied Data Ethics (CADE), established by the UK Statistics Authority in 2021, offers guidance, advisory committees, and resources to promote ethical data usage in research and statistics.

Empowering Ethical Research: The Centre for Applied Data Ethics at UK Statistics Authority

In the ever-evolving landscape of data-driven research, the ethical considerations surrounding data usage have gained paramount importance. To address these challenges and provide practical support, the Centre for Applied Data Ethics (CADE) was established by the UK Statistics Authority in 2021. Rooted within the UK Statistics Authority's data ethics team, CADE serves as a beacon of thought leadership and guidance, catering to the research and statistical community's ethical data needs.

At its core, CADE strives to offer a world-leading resource that not only caters to current requirements but also anticipates emerging trends. Collaborating with domestic and international partners, CADE aims to develop user-friendly and pragmatic guidance, training, and advice that foster the effective and ethical use of data for the greater public good.

One of the cornerstones of CADE's operations is the National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee (NSDEC). This committee plays a crucial role in reviewing and supporting strategic research, statistics, and other outputs. Through advising the National Statistician, NSDEC ensure that the Centre's activities align with strategic need in the analytical community, and that the CADE remain at the forefront of ethical data practice.

CADE's contribution to the research and statistical community is further exemplified through its comprehensive set of guidance pieces, each designed to tackle specific ethical challenges in data usage:

  • Ethical      considerations in the use of geospatial data for research and statistics     - Whether in the air, on the ground, at sea,      human-made or natural; the use of location data has ethical implications.      Written in partnership with geospatial colleagues, this piece provides an      initial introduction to geospatial data and ethics, before moving on to      consider case examples and potential mitigations related to four key      areas.

Beyond these comprehensive guidance pieces, CADE offers a range of services and support functions for the research community. Researchers can reach out to CADE at or visit their website for further information.

As the digital landscape continues to expand and data's role becomes more significant, the Centre for Applied Data Ethics stands as a pivotal entity, bridging the gap between research, statistics, and ethics. Through its user-centric approach, strategic collaborations, and advisory committee's insights, CADE paves the way for a future where data-driven innovation thrives in harmony with ethical principles, benefitting both the research community and society as a whole.

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