RatSWD Working Paper #269: Eine „Ethik der Politikberatung“ gehört zur Forschungsethik von Gert G. Wagner
Ethical principles for the research process itself and its transfer (science-policy interface) can only be enforced through the self-discipline of the actors involved. For learning this professional discipline teaching and training of young researchers are key elements. Research ethics should be specifically implemented in methodological training, student supervision and graduate schools as well as other doctoral programmes.
9,000 New Data Users in 2018: Strong Demand for German Data Forum (RatSWD) Research Data Infrastructure
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.
After the FDI committee reviewed the results of the annual RDC monitoring, computer scientist Luc Rocher presented his work on re-identification. It became clear that with their robust provisions for data protection, the RDCs are adequately reducing the risk of re-identification.
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.
For these disciplines to file applications, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) regards the currently narrow definition of investment costs as the central obstacle. So far, the further development of SBES infrastructures – such as new collection rounds of panel surveys – are considered operating costs ineligible for funding. Also, through systematic networking within the disciplines, needs for infrastructures could be channelled early on.
During its 52nd session on June 6/7, 2019, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) discussed recommendations for improving access to big data for science and for the inclusion of the social sciences into infrastructure roadmaps. The results will be published in autumn 2019. They support standard-setting in the digitalisation of empirical research.
Additionally, the German Data Forum broadens its base: The group of research data centres with accreditation is growing and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkskunde is the 15th academic society to participate in the election of the German Data Forum (RatSWD), which takes place in early 2020.
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) has published a collection of teaching materials on research ethics in the social and economic sciences with the aim of supporting teachers in higher education. The package consists of presentation slides and a booklet with case studies for a variety of uses. It is openly available via the RatSWD website. With this publication, the RatSWD continues its commitment to raising awareness to research ethics and to embedding the issue more deeply into the scientific community.
Using the micro price data that have been collected for Germany’s Consumer Price Index in May 2016, the paper demonstrates that a highly disaggregated and reliable regional price index can be compiled from data that already exist. The unique quality of the price data set allows to depart from previous spatial price comparisons and to compare only exactly identical products.
German Data Forum calls for the early systematic integration of the scientific community in the 2021 Census
During its 51st meeting on 28 February and 1 March 2019, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) discussed the further development of the German population census after 2021. The census will be made more efficient and up-to-date in the future by basing it on population registers. Securing a degree of registry quality and systematically integrating science and research will ensure the success of the census as well as the availability of the data for relevant social research.
The meeting also saw the registration of the Akademie für Soziologie, a German sociological association, as an academic organization eligible to submit election proposals at the German Data Forum’s election in February/March 2020.
NFDI entering initiation phase: German Data Forum sees great potential for science and research in Germany
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) welcomes the Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastrukur (NFDI) entering its initiation phase. The long term national research data infrastructure project, will contribute to expanding access to high-quality research data in accordance with the FAIR principles and to strengthen sustainable research data management. It will also strengthen interdisciplinary empirical research on pressing social issues. By launching KonsortSWD and building on its recognised expertise, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) and its partners plan on jointly contributing to the NFDI.
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