Co-creating community guidelines with the Responsible Data community

Paola Verhaert

This year, the Responsible Data community turns five. Over these past years, community members have found each other in offline and online spaces to share ideas, questions and resources around the responsible use of technology and data in their work. 

We are proud to be part of this active community that continues to grow, drawing in diverse voices from a wide range of sectors and spaces. As stewards of the Responsible Data community, we want to make sure that our shared spaces continue to be enjoyable and safe for all members. To help us achieve this, we’re developing community guidelines and a policy and invite you to join the conversation! At 9:30 AM EST on 18 September, we will host an open community call to collect feedback and discuss best practices for developing community guidelines in a transparent way. You can view the working version of the guidelines and policy here, and we encourage you to bring your ideas on how to improve them to the call. (Or drop comments in the doc if you aren’t able to attend!)

On this call, we’re excited to be joined by Erika Smith and Jennifer Radloff from Association for Progressive Communications, Lou Woodley from Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement and Sandy Ordoñez from the Internet Freedom Festival.

Join us to discuss community guidelines and policies on a community call at 9:30AM EST on 18 September (information on how to participate follows).

Details on joining the call

We will be using an online conferencing service called UberConference. This service allows us to connect up to 100 participants using VOIP or phone. Note: this is not a video conferencing system, it’s audio-only.

To join the discussion on UberConference, just follow these steps at the time of the meeting:

  1. Using Firefox or Chrome, go to
  2. If you have trouble using your computer for audio, you can connect using your phone. Just dial +1 607-821-7499 (you don’t need a PIN).

Click here for UberConference’s System requirements. For help, visit the UberConference FAQs, or the UberConference support portal.

If you can’t make the call…

…we’ll be using this Etherpad to document notes for the call in a comprehensive and participatory way. The notes will stay live, so no worries if you’re unable to join the call but would like to read what we talked about.

Get in touch

We look forward to connecting with you, and we’re happy to connect with anyone that has worked on the development of community guidelines and policies or has ideas for the Responsible Data community. 

Get in touch with us on hello[at], or tweet us @engnroom.

Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash


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