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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.
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.
During the next three years, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) is committed to further enhancing the scope and quality of the research data infrastructure in the social, behavioural and economic sciences. It will produce recommendations on digital methods of data collection, on archiving and re-using qualitative data, and on improving access to data from the private sector as well as tax and wealth data.
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 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 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 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 (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) publishes recommendations on the principles of research ethics and review procedures in the social and economic sciences. It recommends embedding local and supraregional ethics commissions into a harmonised comprehensive concept to foster ethical reflexivity in research. This will also require better integration of research ethics into methods training, academic advisory and teaching.
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.
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. Apart from outlining the development of the research data infrastructure, it also includes information on the accredited research data centres’ data and their usage, quality assurance measures, staffing and central areas of current development.
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