Are you involved in the provision of data management support to social science researchers in Swiss research institutions? Do researchers ask you for advice on how to comply with open data requirements? Are you dealing with questions such as:

  • “Do my research materials include personal data?”
  • “Can research materials including personal data be shared with other researchers or for teaching?”
  • “What are the conditions for sharing research materials including personal data in a data repository?”
  • “What are the different options for complying with open data requirements?”

If so, this workshop is for you!

Online workshop: November 28, 2023 (9:00 am -12:30 pm)

Format: Presentations by FORS and Unil staff members + Q&A sessions
Audience: Support staff, data stewards, librarians, research consultants, anyone involved in the provision of data management support

During this half-day event, the FORS data management support team, in collaboration with the research office of the University of Lausanne, will provide you with practical guidance on how to assess the shareability of research data, including personal and sensitive data, both quantitative and qualitative. The focus of the workshop will be on data that have already been collected, and which are intended to be shared in a data repository, such as SWISSUbase.

After defining what personal and sensitive data are, we will focus on four key conditions for sharing them:

  • the legality of personal data collection;
  • the legality of keeping personal data after the end of the project for which they were collected;
  • the existence of a legal basis for sharing personal data. In particular, we will elaborate on informed consent, the so-called “research privilege”, and anonymisation;
  • access control to personal data (e.g. by means of binding contracts or access conditions).

Finally, we will introduce you to a new and cost free tool, DataGo, which will help you assess the shareability of datasets and provide further guidance to the research community. Modelled on the open access assistant Papago, our tool DataGo will be presented for the first time during this workshop.

Interested but the dates do not work for you? Please let us know by contacting Depending on the interest, we may organize a similar event next year.

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