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Responsibility for Bugs and Errors


Author(s) Caroline Whitbeck

A module covering ethical issues surrounding mistakes in data interpretation, bugs in research protocols, and mistakes in research.

Author(s): Caroline Whitbeck

Background and Module Content

  • Ethical norms and practices governing responsible acknowledgment of errors, mistakes, and "bugs."
  • Field-dependent practices governing the dissemination of results and corrections.
  • Resources for raising concerns about possible misconduct.
  • Resources for resolving disputes about responsibility within a research group.

Method and Scenarios

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Readings (recommended for discussion of scenarios)

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  • Increased ability to identify moral ambiguities in a problem situation.
  • Increased ability to identify and negotiate responsibilities.

Bibliography (for further reading)

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Cite this page: "Responsibility for Bugs and Errors" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 8/18/2006 OEC Accessed: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 <>