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Against the backdrop of the increasing scientific importance of big data sources, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) examines the legal and structural challenges of their use and makes recommendations to researchers and politicians alike. Building on the legal opinions of the RobotRecht Research Centre, published as part of the report, the focus is on web-scraping processes. In order to bring the interests of science and business together, independent trustees could make sustainable and improved data access available to researchers.
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) supports the passing of the Digital Healthcare Act (Digitale-Versorgung-Gesetz), an important societal milestone in innovative health research. The law includes the establishment of a Research Data Centre (RDC), which will enable independent science to analyse healthcare data in strict compliance with data protection regulations.
At its 53rd meeting on 7-8 November 2019, the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) elected Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schupp as the new Deputy Chairperson, taking over from Prof. Stefan Bender.
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) welcomes the planned amendment of §§ 303.a ff. SGB V on the establishment of a research data centre. The current discussion highlights the need for clarification regarding data protection, which has already been established in comparable Research Data Centres (RDC). Health care data offer an enormous analytical potential for scientific research; at the same time, scientific use ensures the quality of data and promises socially relevant innovations and improvements in care.
The RatSWD welcomes the recommendations from Federal and State governments to comprehensively digitalize and modernise economic and business statistics. This proposal promises new sources of statistics, such as retail scanner-data, as well as up-to-date price and sales statistics. The recommendations are centred on a new base register, one that provides company master data on the most crucial statistics.
On 1-2 October 2019, the FDI Committee, the forum of the 34 RDCs accredited by the German Data Forum (RatSWD), presented their annual monitoring and its key figures – showing a positive development: in 2018, there were 9,000 new users of the 3,940 data sets from the RDCs. 2,074 publications were based on the available data sets. Researchers were supported by more than 285 employees at the RDCs.
During its 52nd session on June 6/7, 2019, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) discussed recommendations for improving access to big data for science and for the inclusion of the social sciences into infrastructure roadmaps. The results will be published in autumn 2019. They support standard-setting in the digitalisation of empirical research.
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) has published a collection of teaching materials on research ethics in the social and economic sciences with the aim of supporting teachers in higher education. The package consists of presentation slides and a booklet with case studies for a variety of uses. It is openly available via the RatSWD website. With this publication, the RatSWD continues its commitment to raising awareness to research ethics and to embedding the issue more deeply into the scientific community.
During its 51st meeting on 28 February and 1 March 2019, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) discussed the further development of the German population census after 2021. The census will be made more efficient and up-to-date in the future by basing it on population registers. Securing a degree of registry quality and systematically integrating science and research will ensure the success of the census as well as the availability of the data for relevant social research.
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) welcomes the Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastrukur (NFDI) entering its initiation phase. The long term national research data infrastructure project, will contribute to expanding access to high-quality research data in accordance with the FAIR principles and to strengthen sustainable research data management. It will also strengthen interdisciplinary empirical research on pressing social issues.
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