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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.
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 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.
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