Press releases 2016
More press releases can be found on the German website.
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.
On 23/24 June 2016, the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD) met with relevant stakeholders for a dialogue on the future development of national and international research infrastructures. There was a consensus that existing structures should be closely tied into future coordination efforts. Specific solutions for certain disciplines should not be replaced by generic approaches and any national activities should be made internationally compatible from the onset.
Five years seem like long time, but, as a large-scale project, Census 2021 still requires much preparation. The German Data Forum (RatSWD) has stated that Germany still has some catching up to do compared to the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, or Austria. This holds true with regard to the availability of administrative data, the quality of the official register, and scientific quality control. The following summary of the German Data Forum’s report contains recommendations for the future design of the census in Germany. The RatSWD chair Prof.
A group of German academies have published a statement on the current situation of longitudinal studies in Germany on 9 June 2016. The German Data Forum (RatSWD) welcomes the statement as an important contribution to the sustainable development of the survey landscape, according to RatSWD chair Prof. Riphahn, Ph.D. The German Data Forum will publish its own statement on the framework, criteria, and standards of the German survey landscape in autumn 2016.
The success of education systems in the German Länder should be communicated with greater transparency. The systematic provision of data on the success of different educational approaches and concepts will lead to the improvement of quality and efficiency of education in Germany. These are two results from the expert report “More Transparency in Educational Policy” published by the academic advisory council of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on 28 April 2016.
The Bundestag has agreed on changes to the Federal Statistical Act on 28 April 2016. Following the recommendations of the Committee on Internal Affairs, the house decided on a 30-year retention period for data from the national business register. Moreover, the periods is now set to begin after a survey has been concluded.
On 26th April 2016, Prof. Riphahn, Ph.D. (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Stefan Bender (Deutsche Bundesbank), as chairs of the German Data Forum (RatSWD), handed over an activities report for the German Data Forum’s 5th appointment period to Ms. Quennet-Thielen, the state secretary of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). During the following meeting, they discussed the German Data Forum’s activities, focusing on evidence-based policy advice as well as national and international networking and cooperation.
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) convened for its 41st meeting on 31st March and 1st of April 2016 in Berlin.