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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.
The network of 31 research data centres (RDC) accredited by the German Data Forum (RatSWD) is continuously growing. It has become a key infrastructure: over 21,000 researchers used ca. 3,500 datasets in 2017. Overall, the reuse of research data resulted in over 2,000 scientific publications. The 264 people working at the RDCs (in full-time equivalents) put out over 450 publications.
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) has set up EcoSoc-IN, the first GO FAIR implementation network for the social, behavioural, and economic sciences. It focuses on user-friendly solutions for accessing and linking disclosive data and addresses the specific data protection needs of these disciplines. The network is founded on the long-standing expertise of the German Data Forum (RatSWD) and the accredited research data centres.
During its 49th meeting, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) discussed the effects of the new EU data protection regulation (GDPR) on the access to sensitive data in research data centres (RDCs), saying it yielded positive results. The discussion also looked at the current and future significance of anonymity in the digital age. Impact assessment of research data infrastructures and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) were also on the agenda.
More than 50 researchers got together for an interdisciplinary RatSWD workshop at the University of Bremen on 27th/28th April 2018 to develop solutions for archiving and re-using qualitative research data. The participants evaluated past experiences, discussed fundamental problems of archiving and secondary analysis, and identified requirements for improving the archiving infrastructure for qualitative data.
Anonymisation of personal data and the informed consent by participants of scientific studies were the two main topics of the 18th meeting of the FDI Committee of the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) on 26 April in Berlin. The meeting made concrete the ways in which the EU General Data Protection Regulation affects the day-to-day business of research data centres (RDCs).
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