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Code of Conduct

DSxHE’s guidance for being an open and inclusive community

These principles outline our expectations for all those who participate in the DSxHE community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour; because we believe that by driving inclusivity, everyone will benefit from the best innovations.

A positive approach for the data science and health equity sectors

  • Anyone is welcome.
    We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.


  • Authenticity trumps.
    Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of the community. Plus, honest you is amazing, you should show that stuff.


  • Collaboration before conflict.
    Strive to resolve disagreements constructively. The DSxHE community is made of a diverse mix of individuals who have different perspectives. A sole person is almost never 100% right. If you disagree with someone, seek to understand their perspective and share yours respectfully, acknowledging the limitations of your ideas, experiences and biases. Just know that working together will always result in a better outcome.


  • Be considerate.
    Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we're a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else's primary language.


  • ♪Respect (just a lil bit)♪
    People working together will inevitably disagree or become frustrated with one another at times, but conflict is no excuse for bad behaviour or personal attacks. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Be respectful of one another and those outside our community who interact with us.

Unacceptable Behaviour

The following behaviours are considered harassment and are unacceptable within the DSxHE community:

  • Not doing the above we’d hope is unacceptable...

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.

  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.

  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.

  • Posting or threatening to post other people's personally identifying information ("doxing").

  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.

  • Inappropriate photography or recording.

  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone's consent before touching them.

  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualised comments or jokes, inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.

  • Sustained disruption of meetings, events, gathering, including talks and presentations.

We encourage any organisation to adopt and/or edit these principles to fit their organisation. It’s not rocket science, just try to always be kind right? But in our busy lives, that sometimes gets forgotten...

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.

If a community member engages in unacceptable behaviour, the community organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid participation).

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify the DSxHE Community Manager as soon as possible, or someone from the core team at

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