Values, Ethics and What They Mean for Data Quality

With Walter J. Radermacher
Munich, October 11th, 2023 (9-12, 14-17)

What do values and ethics have to do with data quality?

As with other products, the aim of public statistics is to optimise the design (form) in relation to the use (function) of the products (“form follows function”). In this respect it is about more than just the application of statistical methods. Rather, the focus must be on the questions that a society wants to have answered with solid statistics for its current, pressing and conflict-laden issues. Other aspects then play a role here, namely whether politics values and finances this infrastructure, whether corresponding data literacy is available in the population at large, and so on.

In this workshop, you will gain a basic understanding of why ethics and values play such an important role when using data. You will get to know different ethical principles and discuss if they are still up-to-date to current developments and new data sources. By doing so, we will explore the relationship to quality of information, to integrity and governance.

We aim for a broad discussion and invite students, researchers & official statisticians alike to join the discourse.

📆 Wednesday, October 11, 2023
9 am to 5 pm (lunch break from 12 to 2pm)
📍 LMU Munich

Workshop Series: “Statistics for the Public Good – Infrastructure for Decision Making, Research and Discourse”

This workshop is part of the series “Statistics for the Public Good – Infrastructure for Decision Making, Research and Discourse” by former Chief Statistician of the European Union Walter Radermacher. The series introduces participants to public statistics as a process in which the design, production and communication of information (statistics) are an integral part.

By participating in this workshop, you will also gain access to the introductory videos of “The Public Good Statistics: A Reflective Introduction”

All sessions of this series:

Oct 10, 2023: The Public Good Statistics: Let’s talk about Data Culture!

Oct 11, 2023: Values, Ethics and What They Mean for Data Quality

Oct 12, 2023: Data 4 Policy: Is the Statistical Era Being Replaced by an Era of Data?

About the Instructor

Walter J. Radermacher is a Professor of Statistics at LMU Munich. Additionally, he serves as the Advisory Board Chair of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). His research primarily focuses on statistics, sustainable development, governance, ethics, and data analysis. Furthermore, he has experience in public administration at national and European levels, having served as President of the Statistisches Bundesamt, Director-General of the Statistical Office, and Chief Statistician of the European Union.