Managing and sharing social science research data: legal and ethical issues, Cardiff23 November 2010Cardiff University

On 23 November 2010, as part of its current Researcher Development Initiative (RDI) grant, the UK Data Archive is organising a workshop at Cardiff University on managing and sharing social science research data.
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Workshop sessions will cover the legal and ethical issues in managing and sharing data in research involving people as participants - interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, observations, ethnography and so on. The programme provides theoretical information, practical exercises and discussions focusing on:

  • ethical and legal issues in sharing and data re-use
  • handling and sharing confidential research information and personal data
  • participants informed consent and data sharing
  • anonymising research data
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Content of the workshop is based on advice and guidance provided by the UK Data Archive to ESRC award holders in line with the requirements of the ESRC Data Policy to share and archive data. The guidance will help researchers plan data management strategies for projects and consider data sharing and archiving as part of ethical review procedures.

Participants are encouraged to contribute materials in advance of the workshop to ensure an interactive and topical approach. Such materials will depend on current research activities, but might include: descriptions of current research projects; sample consent forms used; data management plans; current or intending procedures for anonymising data and institutional ethical review guidelines.

This workshop is aimed at: ESRC award holders; postgraduate and experienced researchers in the social sciences and related disciplines; and members of Research Ethics Committees. The workshop is free, but places are limited so booking is essential. A £20 fee will be payable for non-attendance, where 48 hours' notice has not been given.

A few travel bursaries are available for postgraduate students. Contact Data sharing for further information.