SCSC - Group: Data safety initiative

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 next meeting will be held at CGI, Gloucester, 2nd April 2019. ***NOTE NEW DATE AND LOCATION***

This WG report was given at SSS'19 in February 2019.

An updated tri-fold about data safety and the working group is available for printing.

An updated flyer for the group is available.

Version 3.1 of the guidance will be announced at SSS'19 in February 2019. Available on Amazon or free PDF download.

Version 3.0 was announced at SSS'18 in February 2018. This can be purchased for low cost at Amazon or downloaded free.

Dave Banham has set up a DSIWG sub-group activity to progress the development of the Risk Ontology Model and the alignment of the Data Safety Guidance document with it (and vice-versa). Please contact Dave ( if you are interested in assisting this work.

Minutes of Meetings

Meeting #44, 23rd January 2019, Teleconference

Meeting #43, 21st November 2018, Thales, London

Meeting #42, 28th September 2018, NATS, London

Meeting #41, 11th July 2018, Highways England, Birmingham

Meeting #40, 1st June 2018, NATS, London

Meeting #39, 3rd April 2018, CGI, London

Meeting #38, 10th January 2018, Teleconf

Meeting #37, 13th December 2017, Rolls-Royce

Meeting #36, 11th October 2017, Thales

Meeting #35, 11th July 2017, Rolls-Royce

Meeting #34, 7th June 2017, PA Consulting

Meeting #33, 25th April 2017, MBDA

Meeting #32, 16th March 2017, Raytheon

Meeting #31, 11th January 2017, NATS

Meeting #30, 7th December 2016, CGI


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.

Agreed Vision

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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