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Analytics: Using data to improve outcomes

Since it has provided the foundation for most of the work I’ve been doing on data for the past couple of years, I’ve recorded a video explaining our standard model for “analytics”, in both practical and legal terms If you’d like to know more, a couple of papers set out the theory Downstream Consent: a […]

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Wellbeing Analytics Code of Practice

We’re delighted to have launched our Wellbeing Analytics Code of Practice, something we’ve been working on in the ICO’s Regulatory Sandbox for almost exactly a year. The resulting Code builds on Jisc’s widely-used Learning Analytics Code of Practice and includes tools for Data Protection Impact Assessment and Purpose Compatibility assessment. We hope it will give […]

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Wellbeing Analytics Code of Practice: Consultation

[UPDATE 2nd June 2020: thanks for your feedback. Final text has now gone into the Jisc production process :)] Jisc has been providing expert, trusted advice on digital technology in the education sector for more than 30 years. We know that technology and data have the ability to transform the student experience. But, as a […]

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Presentations

Thinking about data?

The question mark in the title of my Digifest talk is the key point, because I wonder whether data is the wrong place to start. In our current digital landscape, we’re all too used to hearing ourselves described as “silkworms”, donating “new oil” to “surveillance capitalists”; even the term “data subject” has a dehumanising feel. […]

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Showing accountability for personal data

A few weeks ago I gave a presentation to an audience of university accommodation managers (thanks to Kinetic for the invitation), where I suggested that we should view Data Protection as an opportunity, rather than a challenge. That may seem strange, given that universities probably have the most complex data flows of any organisation. And […]

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Wellbeing analytics: legal explorations

While colleagues are looking at whether data can be used to pick up early signs of mental health and wellbeing problems, I’m exploring possible legal frameworks for doing that safely. As the diagram shows, trying to deliver an early warning service to all students falls into a gap between three reasonably familiar areas of data […]

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My Algorithmic “Friend”

In a workshop at last week’s AMOSSHE conference, we discussed how wellbeing analytics might be able to assist existing Student Support services. Slides: jisc andrew cormack 4×3 v2 Student support is simplest when an individual themselves asks for help: a support service can immediately begin to discuss – using toolkits such as that developed by UHI […]

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Data and Ethics: update

Earlier this week I did a presentation to a group from Dutch Universities on the ethics work that Jisc has done alongside its studies, pilots and services on the use of data. This covered the development of our Learning Analytics Code of Practice, as well as our plans to apply that Code to wellbeing applications, […]

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Explorations in GDPR

With the GDPR having now been in force for more than six months, my talk at this week’s EUNIS workshop looked at some of the less familiar corners of the GDPR map. In particular, since EUNIS provided an international audience, I was looking for opportunities to find common, or at least compatible, approaches across the […]