Data Governance & Ethics

Data is everywhere. Companies, governments, and NGOs are drowning in it. Data governance focuses on understanding the data an organization has and ensuring that data are high quality, consistent, and properly handled. This includes satisfying  legal, societal, and ethical obligations. MDI scholars working on data governance develop frameworks and guidelines to help organizations understand the issues and implement responsible data governance programs.  They also partner with government agencies to improve policy related to data governance. These partnerships consider the ethics of using different types of data for research and/or more broadly to develop and improve public policy.

Civil Justice Data Commons (CJDC) – This project builds and refines a data governance model for civil court data, to enable safe access by authorized researchers, nonprofits, and policy-makers. The governance structure allowed for the formation of the CJDC with funding from the The Pew Charitable Trusts.

S3MC: This project focuses on developing methods for using social media data to better understand public opinion as it relates to politics, the economy, and parenting. It also considers the role misinformation plays in public perceptions.


Sandeep Dahiya (He/Him)

McDonough School of Business Entrepreneurship and Finance, Akkaway Professor

Amy O’Hara (She/Her)

Director of Georgetown Federal Statistical Research Data Center
MDI, Research Professor

Lisa Singh (She/Her)

Director of MDI
Sonneborn Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Rajesh Veeraraghavan (He/Him)

School of Foreign Service, Assistant Professor