Ethical Data and Information Management

Katherine O'Keefe, Daragh O Brien

Published by
Kogan Page
ISBN 9780749482046
RRP £39.99
Reviewed by A P Sutcliffe MSc CCI, MBCS
Score 7 out of 10

The storage of data has become a significant problem for many organisations; the amount being created, stored and managed across all sectors of commerce has grown exponentially in the last few decades. But the problems of physical storage are only part of the issue; and it is becoming increasingly necessary to consider matters of ethics, governance and privacy when creating the various systems and processes.

This book sets out to reflect upon each of those aspects, and to encourage discussion about the various methodologies that might be employed. It offers a series of deliberations, numerous references and a considerable amount of additional reading material in support of the various principles it suggests for an effective approach to the subject.

The authors deliver an interesting mix of views, and justifications for the various considerations. The text is occasionally broken up by a number of tables and diagrams that attempt to simplify some of the more complex discussions and help to construct an approach that might be of value for any organisation. It also contains a number of questions towards the end of each chapter that would help readers confirm their understanding of the preceding material.

I would suggest that the book is primarily aimed at students in higher education, as the book appears to be organised in a way that would allow it to be utilised specifically as a learning aid. It seems to be arranged in a way that would make it an appropriate tool for academic study and reflection, rather than a reference for those that need to manage the data storage function.

However, the book might still be of some value in helping to establish a suitable policy or plan of action within larger organisations; but it is a substantial text and not the easiest to read all the way through. It could certainly act as a reference guide, but that would assume some prior basic knowledge of the topic and an understanding of the need to develop the appropriate mechanisms; and more importantly, some experience in developing a data management strategy which the book would certainly help to refine or improve.

Overall, I consider that it is an interesting read, with some valuable insight into the specific subject matter; perhaps not quite suitable for a first read on the topic, but much more valuable as guidance material into some more in-depth conversations on the theme.

Further information: Kogan Page

August 2018