Using geospatial and location data entails ethical challenges and risks. The Society has joined the Locus Charter, an initiative to explore and address those issues.
Learn about the Charter, the Society's support for ethical practice in location data, and our collection of resources.
Find out more about the Charter and read the founding principles here
Read about our commitment to the Locus Charter, also announced by Ethical Geo.
See our collection of resources and key readings to support the consideration of ethical issues in location data and GIS
The Society and the Association for Geographic Information held a series of webinars exploring the principles of the Locus Charter and topics around the ethics of collecting and using location data. Watch recordings of our expert panel sessions below, and read the follow-up blogs unpacking the discussion from each session.
Read the AGI's blog on communication and trust between practitioners and stakeholders in location data use
Read the AGI's blog on issues of bias, anonymity and privacy in location data collection and use.
Read the AGI's blog on understanding risks, harms and trade-offs in the use of geospatial data.
Watch the webinar recording of "Take my word for it: communication, transparency and creating trust in communication", from our joint series with the AGI
Watch the webinar recording of "A right to be lost: bias, anonymity, privacy", from our joint series with the AGI
Watch the webinar recording of "Where’s the harm? Geospatial data ethics in practice" from our joint series with the AGI
Read more from geographers and stakeholders on the Locus Charter and the ethics of location data use.
How location data should be used responsibly and ethically
Read Doug Specht CGeog (GIS)'s article in our Geography Directions blog
Read articles on ethics and geospatial data from the Benchmark Initiative, one of the Locus Charter founders.
Read articles on ethics and geospatial data from the EthicalGEO initiative, one of the Locus Charter founders.
Find out about the Locus Charter and see how it has been recognised and used since its launch in March 2021.
The Geovation/Ordnance Survey team behind the Benchmark Programme and Locus Charter were recognised for policy impact at the 2021 GiG Awards
The Society has joined the Locus Charter - find out more about our work highlighting the impact of location data in policy and practice
Watch: Launching the Locus Charter – EthicalGEO
So, you work with location data? Let’s talk ethics... (geoawesomeness.com)
Geomob Podcast - 72. Denise McKenzie & Ben Hawes: Locus Charter (thegeomob.com)
The Locus Charter – a sign of the times | IT PRO
Responsible Use of Location Data in Local Services - Ben Hawes (wearecommons.us)
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