This online series of four free webinars offered by FORS between September and November 2021 attracted a lot of researchers from all over Switzerland and beyond. The webinars consisted of an introduction to the context of open research data, the requirements of funders and journals with respect to data sharing, an introduction to the legal and ethical framework in which research is embedded and the key data management practices that aim to protect research participants and make data sharable (such as security issues, informed consent, and anonymization). Further, the participants got an insight into different data sharing solutions, with a focus on the new FORS data sharing tool SWISSUbase (currently known as FORSbase).

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Webinar series

Presentation slides and video tutorials

Data management planning

The first webinar, on data management planning, took place on September 9 and was presented by Alexandra Stam. It provided an introduction to open research data and data management, before focusing on data management planning by guiding you through the SNSF DMP template. By the end of the presentation you should have had enough insights to start drafting your own data management plan.

Slides of the presentation

Video of the webinar

Data protection

The second webinar, on data protection, will take place on September 30 and will be presented by Pablo Diaz. It will introduce you to the various legal and ethical requirements in Switzerland when conducting research in the social sciences. In particular, you will learn which laws apply to your discipline (whether or not you collect personal and sensitive data), your rights and obligations with respect to protecting research participants, all while providing  practical examples.

Slides of the presentation

Video of the webinar

Data security

The third webinar on data security took place on October 12 and was presented by Brian Kleiner. It gave an introduction to different storage solutions for research projects, guided you through key data security measures throughout the research process, and presented different preservation options and requirements. By the end of the presentation you knew how to define a strategy to protect your data during and after your projects.

Slides of the presentation

Video of the webinar

Archiving & data sharing

The fourth webinar on archiving and data sharing took place on November 4 and was presented by Marieke Heers. You were introduced to the importance of data sharing and some key requirements to make data sharable, such as consent, documentation and anonymization. It then presented different solutions for data sharing and present in greater depth the new FORS online repository SWISSUbase. By the end of the workshop you had a better understanding of the key data management practices needed in order to make data sharable and the advantages of choosing SWISSUbase as a repository.

Slides of the presentation

Video of the webinar

Practical information

The webinars took place online during lunch time (12-1 pm) and consisted in a 45-minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes for questions.

Level: Introductory
Experience/knowledge required: None
Target audience: Social science researchers/anyone interested in data management and data sharing

Contact

For any questions related to this webinar series, you can contact Dr. Alexandra Stam

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