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Welcome to our interactive ‘Stewardship Mapper’, a tool we’ve developed to capture some of our key findings that represent the variety of choices, structural considerations and options at hand that pertain to technical modalities, participation of end-users/beneficiaries, governance and organizational structure.
Terms used in the Mindmap above
What are the modalities of how data can be shared - on what conditions and to what degree?
How can a stewarding entity remain financially sustainable from inception to growth?
What technical formats does the steward employ to store, share, manage access to data? How does the steward make data interoperable and usable - in what forms?
What are the safeguards in place - to uphold rights of individual users/communities and prevent harm or misuse?
Who are the acting and affected stakeholders - from data generators, data requesters and decision-makers?
How is consent structured - in what modes and granularities can this be collected?
Who has initiated this effort and how is the organization structured and registered under law?
What is the core purpose of the steward? Why would users be interested or motivated to interact or trust this steward? What are the benefits or services that stewards often provide to strengthen this relationship?
This tool draws on learnings from building our repository of over 100 existing models that steward data, along with an additional 45 organizations that we reached out for in-depth case study interviews. After hearing their experiences, challenges and solutions, we were keen to visualize and share some of these choices through an interactive mind map.
Data Stewardship is complex - no one size fits all solution exists in terms of model type or structure. While this list isn’t exhaustive, it touches on a few important foundational aspects that are important to consider while establishing a stewarding entity. Think we missed something important? The elements on this mind map are a work in progress and we welcome your feedback and suggestions. Write to us at [email protected]
Stay tuned for an interactive tool we're building that will help guide you through the various stewardship choices presented in the mapper above and present useful case-studies of existing stewards.