VIDEO: Data ethics: a very short introduction

As part of its mission to work with governments and companies to create a more open and trustworthy data ecosystem, the Open Data Institute (ODI) has been developing tools and guidance on how to integrate data ethics in projects and organisations. In this presentation, the ODI's Stuart Coleman and Olivier Thereaux present the work done to date to develop the Data Ethics Canvas, and share a vision of how we can make data ethics a key professional data skill.


Stuart Coleman is the Learning and Business Development Director at the ODI. He is passionate about opportunities for people across society to use technology, data and machines to learn new skills and shape a better future.

Stuart has a diverse entrepreneurial and executive leadership background, with experience in venture-backed, publicly listed and mission-led high growth technology, training and consulting organisations.

Stuart has raised venture funding as well as built several businesses from cashflow. He is proud to have been founding Commercial Director at the Open Data Institute in 2012 and delighted to have returned in 2020 to support the leadership and team amidst an exciting new phase of growth.

Outside of work Stuart is a keen cyclist, occasional amateur multi-sports competitor, fundraiser for the RNLI and a devoted dad to young daughters.

Olivier Thereaux leads the ODI’s R&D, product and service discovery work, and runs a multidisciplinary team of research, technology, and user experience practitioners.

Olivier and his team add in-depth expertise to the ODI’s advisory activities on topics including data infrastructure, technology and society, standards, emerging data technology, and innovating with data. He also stewards the ODI’s work on data ethics.

He has been plying his trade for over 20 years on 3 and a half continents, with a focus on the various facets of open technology: open standards, open source, open data and open innovation.

Upon graduating from the École Centrale Paris, Olivier left France for Japan where he managed the open source tools and services at the W3C, founded an international non-profit democratising the art and design world online, then spent a few years in Canada working on web technology and open innovation. Before joining the ODI, he was heading the BBC’s R&D work on content discovery, leading internet-focused innovation through prototypes, platforms, and open standards.

He talks with his hands a lot.