Hive Tracks and Bee Informed Partnership case study reflections

The last time my senior seminar class met, we discussed the Hive Tracks and Bee Informed Partnership. The main topic of discussion was data ownership: Who owns the data that volunteers give to these organizations? Also, does that change depending on if the data is from businesses or from individuals?

An interesting point brought up was what happens to data if one of the companies is sold. Someone may be okay with giving their data to these organizations, but not to another one that may end up buying them in the future.

Questions like these always need to be addressed right at the start.

It’s especially relevant to beekeepers though, since bees are so vulnerable. And giving out the data can be dangerous, as it would allow others to figure out beekeepers’ locations. It would be easy for competitors to damage each other’s production if data were to leak.

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