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Title:Who owns faculty data?: Fairness and transparency in UCLA's new academic HR system
Author(s):Reynolds, Chloe; Small, Heather
Subject(s):information policy and open access
information organization and metadata
information/computing ethics
Abstract:Starting in 2015, Opus will be the information system of record for faculty at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Opus will serve as both a profile system, storing data about faculty work, and as workflow engine for the promotion and tenure process. Opus leverages institutional master data wherever possible to collect data about faculty activity. Repurposing institutional data collected for purposes not related to academic review necessitates allowing data subjects, faculty, to contextualize the data for the review process. Displaying and storing these augmented records (master data with manually added metadata from “non-authoritative” sources) has forced to project team to grapple with questions regarding fairness and transparency to both data subjects and to data consumers. How can we hold to “good design” and usability practices, while faithfully representing the inherent “messiness” of the data? How does the context in which the data was collected impact repurposing the data for academic review? This paper outlines our attempts to address these questions, noting the trade-offs and limitations of the selected solutions.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-23

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