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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.

July 11, 2017

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.

May 10, 2017

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.

March 15, 2017

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.

March 7, 2017

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.

February 28, 2017

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.

February 16, 2017

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.

February 9, 2017

The election results were announced at the 7th Conference for Social and Economic Data (7|KSWD) on 8th February 2017 in Berlin: Four female and four male researchers were elected for the 6th appointment period of the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial– und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD); the list of appointees is now available online in German.

January 18, 2017

The election of the appointment proposals for the scientific members of the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial– und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) starts today. Polls are open until and including 8th February 2017 (15:00, GMT+1). The eighteen candidates are presented on the election portal of the German Data Forum: www.ratswd.de/wahl

November 16, 2016

The German Data Forum (RatSWD) agreed on new cooperation activities and initiatives to improve research data infrastructure at its 43rd meeting on 10/11 November 2016. The RatSWD liaised with the ADM Arbeitskreis Deutscher Markt- und Sozialforschungsinstitute, a business association representing market and social research agencies, and agreed on further steps for monitoring and supporting current developments in data protection law and evaluated activities to gain access to health data for research.

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