Prof. Felix Ritchie shares his views on Australia’s data sharing plans

Friday, October 12, 2018

In August 2018, the Office of the National Data Commissioner (ONDC) hosted Professor Felix Ritchie, the designer and author of the internationally acclaimed ‘five safes’ framework, a set of principles to safely share and manage data.

Prof. Ritchie learned about the new way ONDC is proposing to support greater data sharing.

“From my perspective, this is a fascinating time,” Prof Ritchie said.

“The ONDC’s proposals are bold but built on a solid foundation of evidence.”

In his experience as Director of Accounting, Economics and Finance at the University of West England Bristol, Prof. Ritchie provided the Office of the National Data Commissioner his insights into the principles-based approach to managing risk of data sharing.

“The ONDC is proposing a principles-based approach: this focuses on setting out the objectives of any data sharing and the appropriate mechanisms by which access is governed and regulated…” Prof. Ritchie said.

“They (ONDC) propose a ground-breaking way to offer a holy trinity of flexibility, accountability, and responsibility.”

To find out more about Professor Ritchie’s views, read his article ‘Australia’s bold proposals for government data sharing’ published on the University of the West of England Bristol blog.

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