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Mon 15 Jul 2019

Two short guides aimed at researchers using administrative data and social media data will be handed out at the ESRA conference which starts today in Zagreb.

The 8th ESRA Conference kicks off today (15 July) and lasts until Thursday. These guides will be handed out on Wednesday during the "Showcasing the SERISS project" final event.

This work was carried out to address the major legal and ethical challenges facing cross-national social science research, which relies on access to large-scale data on an individual level.

The guides will give researchers knowledge on how to process personal data in compliance with the law and ethical principles.

The first one, on social media and research, is the result of a collaboration between the following CESSDA service providers: NSD, UK Data Service, ADP, CSDA, GESIS, and the European Social Survey. The second one, on administrative data, was prepared by the Generations & Gender Programme (GGP) together with NSD.

A SERISS workshop being held today on “Legal and ethical issues regarding data collection from a researcher’s point of view”, organised by our Norwegian service provider NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data, will provide concrete and practical examples of collecting, reusing and sharing personal data. In addition, it will act as a forum for discussion and sharing of experiences.

The guides can be downloaded below:

Social media and research: 10 legal and ethical issues to consider

Using administrative data for research: 10 legal and ethical issues to consider

More information:

SERISS Work Package 6: New forms of data – legal, ethical and quality issues (task 6.1 & 6.2)

SERISS Work Package Deliverables