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 recording of this webinar from our joint series with the AGI.
Read more from geographers and stakeholders on the Locus Charter and the ethics of location data use.
Listen to our podcast with Doug Specht CGeog (University of Westminster) on how location data can be used more responsibly, and why the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has signed up to the Locus Charter.
The Geovation/Ordnance Survey team behind the Benchmark Programme and Locus Charter were recognised for policy impact at the 2021 GiG Awards
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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This 2016 policy briefing offers recommendations for flood management policy in the UK across a variety of domains.
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