The dynamic network of 31 research data centres (RDCs) accredited by the German Data Forum (RatSWD) provides science and research with comprehensive access to quality-assured and sensitive data. The annual number of processing requests and publications indicate that the data and services provided by RDCs are in high demand. They also underscore the importance of the research data centres for the social, behavioural and economic sciences. As shown in two new publications by the German Data Forum, the research data infrastructure is highly effective and can serve as a best practice model on a national and international level.
The Promises of Digitisation: Unlocking the Potential of Register Modernisation and Text-Based Research
During its 48th meeting on 1st and 2nd March 2018, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) deepened its exchange on the modernisation of the German register data landscape, in particular the establishment of a nationwide mortality register. The German Data Forum (RatSWD) welcomes the dynamic developments in research based on text corpora and is committed to improving the respective infrastructure to facilitate broad use of text-based research data. It sees further potential in automatic analysis methods as well as in linking such research data with those of established surveys.
During the following three years, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) is committed to further enhancing the scope and quality of the research data infrastructure for the social, behavioural and economic sciences. We will issue recommendations on digital methods of data collection, on archiving and re-using qualitative data, on improving access to data from the private sector as well as tax and wealth data. Moreover, we will continue to support law-making processes and international networking. The Strategic Agenda 2017-2020 was passed during the German Data Forum’s 47th Sitting on 7.12.2017.