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Data Safety Initiative
Welcome to the Data Safety initiative working group (DSIWG) area.
This working group exists to address concerns raised about data in safety-related systems.
The 55th Data Safety Initiative meeting (DSIWG#55) will be held on 7th October 2020 15:00-17:00 by Teams. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
This WG report was given at SSS'20 in February 2020.
An updated tri-fold about data safety and the working group is available for printing.
An updated flyer for the group is available.
Dave Banham has now set up a separate SCSC Ontology working group to progress the development of the Risk Ontology Model.
Minutes of Meetings
Meeting #48, 14th November 2019, London (no minutes produced, just a decision to go ahead with v3.2 of the Guidance doc)
Statement of the Problem
It was agreed that data in safety related systems is not currently sufficiently addressed in current safety management practices and standards. It is acknowledged that data has been a contributing factor in several incidents to date. There are clear business and societal benefits, in terms of reduced harm, reduced commercial liabilities and improved business efficiencies, in investigating and addressing outstanding challenges related to safety of data.
To have clear guidance on how data (as distinct from the software and hardware) should be managed in a safety related context, which will reflect emerging best practice.
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If you would like to be involved with the Data Safety Initiative please contact mike.parsonsscsc.uk.
WG Lead Bio
Mike is an experienced Safety Engineer and Safety Manager with a special interest in systems, services, software and data. He has been actively involved in safety and mission-critical systems for over 30 years, particularly in the aerospace, defence, satellite navigation, rail and health sectors. He is currently working in healthcare projects including hospital patient records and e-prescribing systems. He has led initiatives to produce safety management system definition and competency and training frameworks. He has led a safety practice team of 17 staff; he was also a safety community Leader with over 80 members. He has conducted many safety audits and produced a safety auditor training course.
Mike is currently the SCSC Director and Events Coordinator, leading the technical strategy for the club and organising events including the annual Safety-Critical Systems symposium. He is the chair of both the Data Safety Initiative and Service Assurance working groups producing new guidance for safety assurance in these areas.
He has recently presented several papers on data and services themes at industry conferences.
Mike can be contacted at email@example.com
SCSC 06-03-2018 [V4e]