Does your research involve data collection in a social science discipline?
Does your research involve human participants?
Do you wish to learn more about how to produce a DMP and how to apply good practices throughout the research process?

If so, this online series of four free webinars offered by FORS is for you. Through the four webinars, which you can attend “a la carte” or all together, you will: be introduced to the context of open research data; learn about the requirements of funders and journals with respect to data sharing; better understand the legal and ethical framework in which your research is embedded; be introduced to key data management practices that aim to protect research participants and make data sharable (such as security issues, informed consent, and anonymization); and learn about different data sharing solutions, with a focus on our new data sharing tool SWISSUbase (currently known as FORSbase).

Webinar series

Data Management planning (September 9, 2021)

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.

Data protection (September 30, 2021)

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.

Data security (October 12, 2021)

The third webinar, on data security, will take place on October 12 and will be presented by Brian Kleiner. It will introduce you to different storage solutions for research projects, guide you through key data security measures throughout the research process, and present different preservation options and requirements. By the end of the presentation you should be able to define a strategy to protect your data during and after your projects.

Archiving & data sharing (November 4, 2021)

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

Practical information

The webinars will take place online during lunch time (12-1 pm). The webinars will 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 can register for free to all of the webinars or to one in particular. Register here.


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