The VRI thinks that the RIS in applying this Code contributes to a constructive development and application of informatics.
Since the RIS has committed himself to follow previously set standards of quality and integrity, he should be recognizable as an RIS by those he is involved with. The importance of recognizability has not only a positive significance as meant previously, but can also be related to negative situations.
If an RIS does not behave in accordance with the Code of Ethics one should be able to call upon him with reference to the obligations his entry in the Register of information Scientists imposes upon him.
Anyone who thinks the RIS is not acting in accordance with the Code of Ethics may settle the dispute before the arbitration court of the VRI.
Adjustments of duties and responsibilities of employees are often taken into consideration. Corollaries of this, with regard to the prestige of the work in question and the changes in the social position of those involved, are often not taken into consideration or even recognized.
The RIS must also include these aspects in realizing information systems. Likewise the RIS should be aware of the possible abuse of the information system he is realizing. The possibility that an application will be used differently from the way it was meant may be reason enough not to develop that application nor have it developed.
To prevent application of technologies having too much an autonomous character, much attention must be given to the effects that can be expected. On the other hand, the RIS must be very much aware of situations in which application of information technology may bring about improvement in circumstances, persons, organizations or society. Encouraging applications is also part of the ethics of the RIS. In all circumstances it is of great importance that the RIS is explicit in his considerations whether or not to contribute to, or to initiate the development of information systems.
Through lack of time, knowledge, skill, quality or any other reason, the employer himself is not able to serve his interests sufficiently. Therefore the RIS will advise and actively support so he can make the right decision himself at a given moment. Should the employer act or decide contrary to the advice of the RIS, then the RIS must make explicit the consequences of not following his advice.
In this way possible uncertainty of employers caused by much negative publicity can be diminished or removed entirely.
In spite of the fact that the quality aspect will initially only lead to an increase of the development costs the explicit requirements as to quality will therefore often be absent, the RIS must do his utmost to emphasize the quality aspect to the employer and to point out the long-term effect of a decrease in the running costs.
In this way something is supplied which will also meet the expectations of the employer in the long run.
It is ethically irresponsible towards people and institutions to use these data for other purposes than they were supplied for, or to treat them carelessly so that a third party could use or abuse these data.
By taking the utmost care the RIS can gain or enlarge the trust with regard to the registered information scientist.
Even when aspects of privacy do not seem to apply or seem exaggerated the RIS must, in view of the above, treat all data supplied as confidential.
When the assignment is finished the result can be compared to the previously defined requirements and discharge could follow. However, it still happens much too often that (large scale) information projects fail, partly due to the fact that the interim evaluation did not or could not take place.
That is why the rule wants to indicate that proceedings must be verifiable not only at the end of the assignment but during all stages of its completion.
In this way the employer or client will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and the employer or client will be invited to participate in the process.
Testing will require certain criteria.
These can consist of (interim) results previously agreed upon or standards that prescribe how the job needs to be done. In accordance with this, the extent to which the RIS has contributed to the effectuation of the result can be judged.
The authorities, society or the RIS colleagues must be able to verify his work if necessary. In all openness, without the RIS hiding behind technicalities or jargon.
Among other things this is reflected in dealing responsibly with the risks of informatics as well as in charging socially accepted tariffs.
Apart from general social standards, his own ethical standards are important too. As to the public interest not every RIS will apply the same standards.
However, he should at all times be aware of the effects that result from his professional activities and he must be able to justify these.
The RIS may, of course, be asked to go beyond the limits of his professional knowledge or he may suggest this himself. In this way the RIS is able to enlarge his knowledge or skill.
Explicit agreement with the employer and other parties involved must then be obtained.
After initial training and education the knowledge of an information scientist soon lags behind. Besides this there are experiences of others with means and methods the information scientist must be able to pass on to interested parties.
A permanent education is necessary to retain an ability to judge the importance of new developments and where and how they can be applied.
The term information scientist refers to anybody who works in the field of informatics.
The term RIS refers to every person who has been registered in the Dutch Register of Information Scientists.
The term information system refers to the entire body of systematically collected, recorded, processed, reproduced and provided data in any form, in order to obtain information.
An employer is an individual or a legal person who gives the assignment to supply services and products.
The client is he who uses the services or products supplied by the information scientist.
VRI (Nederlandse Vereniging van Registerinformatici)
1243 ZH 's-Graveland