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July 16, 2018

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.

May 16, 2018

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.

May 3, 2018

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).

March 19, 2018

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.

March 7, 2018

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.

January 10, 2018

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.

November 24, 2017

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.

October 16, 2017

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.

October 11, 2017

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.

July 21, 2017

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.

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