Publication Year: 24. 11. 2020 Date of last inspection: 24. 11. 2020
Within the Research Data Alliance (RDA), working groups from different research areas have prepared recommendations for fast access to properly prepared research data on COVID-19. Clinical, genome, epidemiological and social science data were highlighted. Key points include the identification of study topics within each research area that can help solve the crisis-related problems and provide data for well-informed decisions that will mitigate the consequences of the crisis. The wide selection of topics for the social sciences covers several disciplines, ranging from economy, demography, and geography to psychology and pedagogy, contributing to the mitigation of consequences and to the resources for decision-makers. Topics are among others related to protection and minimization of contact, life quality, inequality of exposure to risk; opinions, beliefs and trust regarding content and political or professional representation during the epidemic; changes in workplaces and employment, education, healthcare, crime, etc.
Recommendations for social sciences
To achieve quality standards, following principles should be considered when planning and preparing data for reuse:
Regardless of the type of data or the research area, the common highlight of the guidelines is to provide fast access to data and tools while also assuring the quality of the collected data, keeping appropriate documentation on the methods applied in the data collection phase, following the provenance of data, cleaning it, and performing other tasks that will contribute to reuse. To ensure this, data should be deposited in the “trustworthy” repositories, where they will be ingested with a fast-track procedure as long as they are at least minimally equipped. Data on the pandemic will thus be available for reuse as fast as possible.
Guidelines also present some general principles for all research areas, such as inclusion of the community and indigenous peoples, sharing software and analysis scripts, as well as ethical and legal considerations.
RDA COVID-19 Working Group. Recommendations and Guidelines on data sharing. Research Data Alliance, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15497/rda00052 https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/rda-covid19-rda-covid19-omics-rda-covid19-epidemiology-rda-covid19-clinical-rda-covid19-1
How to cite this page?
Social Science Data Archives. YEAR. Guidelines for Sharing Data on COVID-19. Accessed: http://adp.fdv.uni-lj.si/eng/deli/smernice-covid-19/ (DD. month year).
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