Data-Centric Digital Rights

Data Lifecycle

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The DCDR Framework is currently a work in progress.


A research focused on establishing a technical description on the nature of data and its lifecycle.

The Data Lifecycle

The DCDR Data Lifecycle is based on the DCDR Framework.
A core component of the DCDR Framework and its implementation is to provide clarity concerning the nature of data and its lifecycle. The objective is to ensure a baseline model to identify the Digital Harms that data can undergo during said lifecycle so that technologists can use it as a reference.
Data exists in a fully digital space. Understanding data manipulation requires understanding its lifecycle.
The DCDR Data Lifecycle informs the work for the DCDR Digital Harms.

Licensing and distribution

As all materials created by The IO Foundation, the Data Lifecycle, a component of the DCDR Framework, is published under TIOF Public Licensing Model.


The Data Lifecycle, as any other component of the DCDR advocacy, is subjected to improvements.

How to contribute

Anyone wishing to submit an improvement to the Data Lifecycle, can do so via the Data Lifecycle folder in the DCDR repository.


  • Establish a working group to research on the Data Lifecycle
  • Produce a research paper documenting the Data Lifecycle
  • Design a syllabus for the dissemination of the Data Lifecycle
  • Promote the awareness and understanding of the research results
  • Incorporate the research's results in the Universal Declaration of Digital Rights