The German Data Forum welcomes the European Commission’s declaration on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The German Data Forum is committed to the establishment of an open European research data infrastructure and will continue to support the implementation of the EOSC principles with its broad, interdisciplinary expertise. The German Data Forum considers it a necessity that European science organisations in the fields of social, behavioural and economic research actively pursue and support the development of a pan-European research data infrastructure.
Research data infrastructure is a growing success: German Data Forum publishes 2016 Activities Report
The German Data Forum has published its second comprehensive report on the activities of its accredited research data centres (RDCs): at the end of 2016, RDCs had made a total of 3,214 datasets accessible to science and research. They employed 225.7 people (full-time equivalents) and supported the research of 26,281 data users. With their extensive service portfolios, the RDCs provide essential support services to researchers in the empirical social, behavioural and economic sciences. The report gives an overview of quality assurance measures, RDC services as well as their in-house research activities.
The German Data Forum welcomes a recent assessment report of the National Regulatory Control Council on the modernisation of registers. High-quality register data help to identify socially and economically relevant processes, to provide evidence-based advising to policy-makers and to identify quality shortcomings in registers. However, this requires making register data available to independent researchers. The German Data Forum recommends making regulated access to all registers for science and research a requirement by law.
The International Journal for Re-Views in Empirical Economics (IREE) is the first journal dedicated to the publication of replication studies based on economic micro-data (including socio-economic data). Furthermore, IREE publishes synthesizing reviews, micro-data sets and descriptions thereof, as well as articles dealing with replication methods and the development of standards for replications.
Multi-national teams of researchers with an interest in comparative social science are invited to submit applications for modules of questions to be fielded as part of Round 10 of the European Social Survey (ESS).
To foster international exchange, the German Data Forum will publish English summaries of central output papers, which are published in German. The PDF of the executive summary of RatSWD Output 9 (5) "Principles and Review Procedures of Research Ethics in the Social and Economic Sciences" is now available.
The German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) has entered its 6th appointment period. Dr. Willms-Herget, subdivision head at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, oversaw the constitution of the committee during its first meeting on 13th and 14th July 2017. She underscored the outstanding role of the German Data Forum in opening up new research data and discussing current and future issues. This has also been illustrated by the recently published final report of the 5th appointment period. The German Data Forum elected Professor Riphahn (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) and Mr. Bender (Deutsche Bundesbank) as chairs. During the meeting, the committee discussed proposals for the further development of the research data infrastructure and the GO FAIR initiative.
The workshop “Cross national research data: access, legality, ethics and opportunities”, convened collaboratively by the German Data Forum and the UK Data Forum in December 2016, was designed to explore recent developments in both countries with respect to improved research access to administrative data. The RatSWD Working Paper #263 documents the results of the workshop.
The German Data Forum welcomed Mathias Bug as new managing director of its office on 1st June 2017. After working as a research associate at the Universität der Bundeswehr München and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), the social scientist most recently worked as a researcher for the Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. He will take up his post on 1st July. Bug is succeeding Claudia Oellers, who will jointly run the office with him in June before leaving the German Data Forum on 30th June 2017. The German Data Forum wishes to thank Claudia Oellers for her long years of service and mutual cooperation.
Research Data Centre of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies Receives Provisional Accreditation
The German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung, DZHW) has been working on creating a research data centre based on the criteria of the German Data Forum since 2015. The research data centre (RDC) officially opened on 1st June 2017 and received provisional accreditation by the German Data Forum. The RDC provides the scientific community with quantitative and qualitative data from higher education and science research for research and teaching purposes.
German Data Forum Recommends Comprehensive Concept for Research Ethics in the Social and Economic Sciences
At its 45th meeting on 4th/5th May 2017, the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) has agreed on recommendations on principles and review procedures for research ethics in the social and economic sciences. Moreover, the German Data Forum has included the German Association for Publishing and Communication Science (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft, DGPuK) in the list of professional associations eligible to nominate candidates for the RatSWD elections. Thirdly, the German Data Forum has granted provisional accreditation to the research data centre of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (Deutschen Zentrums für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung, DZHW).
The German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) has published a comprehensive activity report on its accredited research data centres (RDCs) for the first time. The report showcases the RDCs’ capabilities and broad range of data and services.
The German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) has published a handout on data protection. The aim of the handout is to inform an interested audience, and especially researchers in the social, behavioural, and economic sciences, about the data protection regulation in Germany that is relevant to empirical research. It also serves to strengthen competencies in data protection and the handling of sensitive, personal data while planning a research project.
The German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) has published recommendations on the sustainable use and future development of the German survey data landscape in the social, behavioural and economic sciences. They address how to better utilize the potential of scientific surveys, create more favourable conditions and secure quality standards. The German Data Forum’s recommendations are targeted at the survey’s principal investigators and project managers, research funding agencies and also science policy makers.
The 7th Conference for Social and Economic Data (7. Konferenz für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, 7|KSWD) took place on 8th and 9th February 2017 in Berlin. Research and policy got together to discuss the needs and requirements of future research data infrastructures. A clear outcome was the increasing relevance of statistical competency in the digital age. More than ever, society depends on evidence-based research as a foundation for decision-making. The German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) has greatly contributed to the establishment of a national research data infrastructure in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. It is therefore ideally suited to be part of a coherent and well-connected scientific community.
The election results were announced at the 7th Conference for Social and Economic Data (7|KSWD) on 8th February 2017 in Berlin: Four female and four male researchers were elected for the 6th appointment period of the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial– und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD); the list of appointees is now available online in German.
Voting starts for the 6th appointment period of the German Data Forum: 18 candidates from science and research
The election of the appointment proposals for the scientific members of the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial– und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) starts today. Polls are open until and including 8th February 2017 (15:00, GMT+1). The eighteen candidates are presented on the election portal of the German Data Forum: www.ratswd.de/wahl