Author Interview – Katherine O’Keefe

By Daragh O Brien
August 19, 2021
6min read
Katherine O'Keefe

This is the second of our Author Interviews in our 12 Weeks of Books to celebrate Castlebridge’s 12th birthday.

This week we looked a little closer to home and I interviewed my co-author and colleague Dr Katherine O’Keefe about our book Ethical Data and Information Management: Concepts, Tools, and Methods.

Katherine O'Keefe

Katherine O’Keefe – Featured Author

In this short video, Katherine talks about the motivations behind writing the EDIM book and how, back in 2015 when we started the research and scoping out the models we developed in the book, there wasn’t a lot of substantive content available about the practice of implementing ethics in data management and data management practices.

This is an important point, and builds on the topic discussed by John Ladley in last week’s interview – the challenge of EXECUTION as opposed to lip service or “performative” data ethics or ethics washing.

Katherine also discusses a book that influenced her way of thinking about data and information. And (in true Dr O’Keefe style) it is not what we would first expect and is definitely one that data management professionals should seek out!


Katherine’s selection raises a very valid point and goes even further than John Ladley did last week when he touched on the same topic…

People working in data management should read widely from other areas to help them understand and recognise different themes, topics, and issues that arise. This is particularly true when dealing with the “human factors” in information and data management.

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