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February 28, 2020

Information on the development and effectiveness of combating crime is central to politics. The statistics of the German police and the (criminal) judiciary in principle provide such information, but have significant gaps. Data links between the statistics are not possible, and due to incomplete access to these statistics, scientific research cannot utilise the full potential of these data - especially not for advisory purposes.

February 13, 2020

Smartphones, Wearables, and other Sensors are increasingly used for scientific data collection. In addition to the methodological potential, the use of new information technology provides researchers, ethics committees, and research sponsors with new challenges. With its guideline, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) formulates recommendations for ensuring the quality of sensor-based data. It names ethical obstacles and data protection issues that must be addressed in the research process, and shows ways of quality-assuring data management.

January 28, 2020

At a hearing of the Federal Chancellery on 23.01.2020, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) highlighted four key areas of action for the Federal Government’s data strategy regarding scientific research: 1) Providing access to public and commercial data, 2) Developing technical infrastructure for data analysis, 3) Ensuring data quality, and 4) Promoting the sharing of data and enabling of data links. The German Data Forum (RatSWD) outlines solutions in its position paper, and actively supports the further development of the data strategy.

December 3, 2019

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.

November 29, 2019

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.

November 13, 2019

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.

November 5, 2019

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.

October 29, 2019

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.

October 16, 2019

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.

September 24, 2019

The German Data Forum (RatSWD) has published recommendations on the strategically important Roadmap processes for research infrastructures. They are a response to the lacking participation of social, behavioural, and economic sciences in past application periods.

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