Does your research involve data collection in a social science discipline? Does your research involve human participants? Do you want to learn more about key data management practices throughout the research process?
If so, this series of four free webinars offered by FORS, the Swiss Center of Expertise in the Social Sciences, is for you.

Through the four webinars below, which you can attend “à la carte” or all together, you will learn how to obtain informed consent, how to document your data throughout your research project, and how to anonymize your quantitative or qualitative data.

Topics of the webinars

Informed consent (27.09.2022)

The first webinar, on obtaining informed consent, will take place on September 27, 2022 and will be presented by Pablo Diaz. It will cover the most important questions on consent with regard to setting up a social science research project. By the end of the presentation you will know how to formulate a coherent consent form and how to apply it.

Data documentation (11.10.2022)

The second webinar, on data documentation, will take place on October 11, 2022 and will be presented by Marieke Heers. It will address the importance of good documentation within a research project, and will guide you through project-level documentation and data-level documentation. By the end you should be able to determine what documentation is needed during a research project and what documentation is needed for archiving.

Quantitative data anonymisation (1.11.2022)

The third webinar, by Brian Kleiner, on quantitative data anonymisation, will take place on November 1, 2022. It will provide you with key concepts on anonymization in social science research, help you to develop an appropriate strategy, and will present the main techniques for anonymising your quantitative data.

Qualitative data anonymisation (22.11.2022)

The fourth webinar, on qualitative data anonymisation, will take place on November 22, 2022 and will be presented by Alexandra Stam. It will introduce you to the key principles of qualitative data anonymization and guide you through the different techniques for anonymising your data, as well as file handling procedures. It will also address some common concerns expressed by researchers, and how to possibly overcome them.

Practical information

The webinars will take place online between 1 and 2 pm and consist 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

You will find all presentation slides and the recordings of the past webinars below:

Presentation slides and video tutorials of past webinars

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

Contact

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