There’s a trend in some of the things I’ve been working on recently. Not a huge surprise it involves information as I work in communications but I’m talking about data sharing; things like Leeds Care Record, care.data, information governance and accessible information standards.
All of these projects rely on people contributing personal information which can benefit them directly or indirectly. Some information will be shared confidentially with health and care professionals to help with their direct care and support, some will be anonymised before sharing for the greater good.
On a really basic level, some information we all might share is useful because it makes it easier to contact the right people in a way they prefer. Think of work email signatures with a phone number that helps people contact you without needing to look up your number. That’s helpful to us all, or can be really annoying if there is no number, so we are more likely to think about putting our own phone number on our email signature. Think of social media profiles with your details, interests, ambitions etc… reasons why others might find you worth engaging with or considering you for employment.