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Sitra’s rulebook offers a toolkit for creating data-sharing networks

The new version (1.2) of the rulebook includes tools for assessing the level of ethics in data sharing as well as recommended steps for developing ethical operating principles.



Sitra’s fair data economy rulebook contains a framework, agreement templates and tools for creating and joining data networks. The rulebook describes the legal, business, technical and administrative principles as well as ethical guidelines to be followed by organisations in a data network when sharing data among themselves.

What tools does the rulebook include?

The rulebook contains model agreement templates, a range of control questions, code of conduct templates and other tools that enable the creators of the data network rulebook to pay closer attention to the special requirements related to the new co-operation model.

What’s new in version 1.2?

The new version of the rulebook spotlights the ethical perspectives of using data in line with the principles of a fair data economy, in which data is shared transparently and following common rules.

As a new tool in the rulebook, a checklist of control questions on ethical viewpoints regarding data sharing helps organisations and data networks both evaluate the level of their ethical data sharing and develop their operations in accordance with the framework described in the maturity model.

”Fair and human-driven data sharing creates new competitiveness for Europe,” said Senior Lead Jyrki Suokas from Sitra’s fair data economy project. “The rulebook helps build functional data networks whose operations are based on European values, such as trust, the right to self-determination regarding the use of people’s and companies’ data, privacy and data protection. The checklist on ethical viewpoints, for example, promotes the practical realisation of these values.

To promote ethical perspectives, the new version of the rulebook also features clarifications to agreement templates and guidelines based on feedback received on the previous version.

The rulebook helps build a fair data economy

The rulebook was produced as part of Sitra’s fair data economy IHAN project. It provides a practical toolkit for pioneering companies that are developing their business operations using data and are creating new products and services that comply with the principles of the fair data economy. The rulebook will continue to be developed. The next version will be released in the summer 2021.

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