Legal and ethical aspects of research data management

11 April 2018, 8:30 - 16:00, lecture room 10, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana

Workshop description

The workshop will focus on issues related to the legal and ethical aspects of research data management. At the workshop we will focus especially on issues of personal data protection, since they are relevant in the light of the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will enter into force by the end of May 2018. During the workshop, issues of copyright and associated licenses will also be addressed. Accompanied by practical examples and tips, the workshop aims to shed light on the challenging topic of legislation and ethics in research data management. In addition, there will be time available also for questions from participants.

The content of the workshop**
  • legislation on the protection of personal data
  • the role of ethics committees
  • the consent of the study participants
  • anonymisation of data (quantitative and qualitative)
  • copyright and different data access modes
  • secure storage and data encryption

The content of the workshop is based on the online textbook Expert tour guide on Data Management, designed for researchers in the field of social sciences who want to gain more knowledge of research data management.

**ADP warns that the contents of the workshop represent only the interpretation of the legislation. In relation to legally binding decisions that may affect your research work or research participants, we advise you to consult with the responsible persons within your organization.

The goals of the workshop
  • Participants will learn about their legal and ethical commitments towards research participants.
  • They will understand the importance of data protection.
  • They will understand the importance of the new regulation on the protection of personal data for research (GDPR).
  • They will understand how to use appropriate methods (participants' consent, anonymization, and access control) to share sensitive information.
Required knowledge and tools
  • Experience in the research process is desirable (data collection, documentation, analysis, sharing, and publication of data).
  • We recommend that you bring your own laptop since we will conduct many practical exercises. If possible, install the VeraCrypt program prior to the workshop, as this is the program we will use to encrypt the data.
  • We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the content of the online textbook CESSDA Expert Tour Guide, in particular with the sections Plan, Store and Protect.
Target public

Researchers and doctoral students in social sciences and humanities.


Registration is closed.

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ADP - Social Science Data Archives
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Ljubljana
Kardeljeva ploščad 5
1000 Ljubljana
(01) 5805 292
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