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News 2015

December 21, 2015

RatSWD Working Paper #251

"Flipping journals to open: Rethinking publishing infrastructure" from Benedikt Fecher and Gert G. Wagner

October 22, 2015

Read the German Data Forum's Newsletter #26

The business office has released Newsletter #26 - October 2015. [Full text in German only]

October 22, 2015

German Federal Statistical Office launches StatistikCampus portal

The German Federal Statistical Office (DESTATIS) has launched its "StatistikCampus" portal to celebrate World Statistics Day on 20th October 2015. The new website is specifically geared towards science and research.

October 20, 2015

Research Data Alliance 6th Plenary Meeting: German Data forum hosts session on sensitive microdata

Read our report on the Research Data Alliance (RDA) 6th Plenary Meeting which took place from 23–25 September 2014 in Paris, France

September 18, 2015

1st SHARE-RV User Conference - Call for Papers

SHARE-RV is a project within the German sub-study of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)1 which links respondents’ survey data with the administrative records of the German pension fund (Deutsche Rentenversicherung).

Call for Papers (Deadline: 30.10.2015)

August 20, 2015

RDA Europe Call for Collaboration Projects

Deadline for submission is 30 September 2015

July 22, 2015

RatSWD Working Paper #249

Calling the Greek Referendum on the nose with Google Trends by Nikos Askitas

July 1, 2015

WZB new supporting institution of the German Data Forum's business office

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center is now the supporting institution of the German Data Forum's business office. The German Data Forum and the business office staff are grateful for the excellent cooperation with our former institution, GESIS - Leibniz-Center for Social Sciences.

June 29, 2015

Statement of the German Data Forum on Archiving and Re-Use of Qualitative Data

As a result of its last meeting on June 11-12, 2015, the German Data Forum has issued a statement on qualitative social research data. It supports, in principle, the archiving and re-use of qualitative data insofar as this is possible without compromising original research aims and access to the field in question. The goal is to foster the culture of data sharing also in qualitative social research.

June 18, 2015

Results of the 39th meeting of the German Data Forum: Strengthening International Cooperation and Facilitating Access to Data on Health and Migration

The German Data Forum convened for its 38th meeting on April 11-12, 2014 in Berlin. Key issues included discussing and deciding on an internationalisation strategy and research access to data on health and migration.

April 27, 2015

Results of the 38th meeting of the German Data Forum: Health Data, Big Data, and Accreditation Criteria for Research Data Center

The German Data Forum’s 38th meeting took place on 17 April 2014 in Berlin. A range of issues regarding the further development of the research data infrastructure in Germany were on the agenda including health data, big data, and accreditation criteria for research data centers.

April 21, 2015

Data Ownership and Data Access? The German Data Forum celebrates 10 year anniversary with an event on big data

The German Data Forum dedicated its 10-year-anniversary event on 16 April 2015 to the issue of big data and its future relevance for research, policy, and society. About 200 guests debated the chances and risks created by the big data phenomenon. The German Data Forum decided to address the issue in greater detail during its subsequent meeting.

April 2, 2015

RatSWD Working Paper #248

The Internet as a Data Source for Advancement in Social Sciences by Nikolaos Askita and Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA)

March 25, 2015

Alliance of German Science Organisations: Role model RatSWD

The Working Group "Research Data" of the Priority Initiative "Digital Information" established by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany has published a working paper titled "Research Data at your Fingertips" in which it gives an overview of the current situation in the field and identifies future challenges. The working group highlighted the German Data Forum as a role model for coordinating committees on improving the research data infrastructure.

February 24, 2015

RatSWD Working Paper #246

Data Sharing is a way for researchers to collaborate, to verify results, and to address new research questions with ‘old’ data. Our Working Paper #246 documents the results of a survey which shows that the sharing ideal is well-established among researchers, but only practiced in moderation. The authors Fecher et al explain this discrepancy by looking at the system of the ‘reputation economy’ in scientific research.

February 18, 2015

RatSWD Working Paper #245

Quality Standards for the Development, Application, and Evaluation of Measurement Instruments in Social Science Survey Research
Prepared and written by the Quality Standards Working Group

(German version of this paper: RatSWD Working Paper No. 230)

February 3, 2015

MISSY provides Eurostat Metadata

The German Microdata Lab at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences has now launched the project MISSY – Metadata for Official Statistics. The microdata information system provides researchers with the metadata of datasets from the European statistical system (Eurostat) including EU-LFS (European Union Labour Force Survey) and EU-SILC (European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions).

January 19, 2015

Research Data Center PIAAC accredited

The research data center PIAAC is the 29th data center accredited by the German Data Forum

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