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Supporting efforts to demystify data sharing agreements

We worked closely with UNSDSN-TReNDS, the University of Washington, World Economic Forum and The GovLab to introduce their joint Contracts for Data Collaboration (C4DC) project. Our support centred on helping the C4DC team frame and introduce their work on data sharing practices to development and humanitarian practitioners.


DataReady are experts at breaking down difficult concepts.

Data protection legalese and technical terms can be daunting for development and humanitarian practitioners. DataReady takes a very human approach to these issues that is informed by first-hand experience. Their work really does increase people’s confidence in their ability to use data.

Jessica Espey Director, UNSDSN-TReNDS

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (UNSDSN-TReNDS) operates under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General and aims to catalyze learning and investment in the data revolution for sustainable development.

Together with the University of Washington, World Economic Forum and The GovLab, in 2018 SDSN-TReNDS launched the C4DC, a project aimed at opening up and demystifying the different kinds of data sharing agreements that are currently used in the sustainable development and humanitarian sectors.

DataReady has helped the C4DC team to communicate the potential benefits of this work through the drafting of an introductory brief to the project and a report exploring initial insights into data sharing practices within the development and humanitarian sectors.

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