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Conference Presentations 2013

  • IASSIST 2013-Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility, and Sustainability, Cologne, Germany
    Host Institution: GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

C5: Facilitating Access to Sensitive Data (Wed, 2013-05-29)
Chair:David Schiller

  • Expanding the Research Data Center in Research Data Center Approach
    Joerg Heining (Institute for Employment Research (IAB))


    Since, 2011, the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg, Germany provides remote access to confidential micro data for approved data users. By implementing the so-called Research-Data Center-in-Research Data Center approach data users can access FDZ data from the premises of institutions (other RDCs, data enclaves, etc.) which share comparable standards with regard to data protection and the perseverance of confidentiality as the FDZ. Starting with four external sites in Germany and one site in the US, the FDZ will expand this remote network both in Europe and in the US in 2013. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, several technical and organizational measures need to be implemented. In addition to this, legal concerns have to be removed and funding needs to be ensured. The presentation will describe how the lessons learned from setting up the initial sites influenced this expansion and to what extend new challenges have to be faced. Starting and establishing an international operating remote network turned out to be a complex and ambitious task. But expanding and sustaining such a network is an additional challenge to overcome.

  • The UK Data Service: Delivering Open and Restricted Data (and Everything In-between)
    Richard Welpton (UK Data Archive)


    With the Open versus Restricted data debate in full throttle, we are in danger of forgetting about the intermediate access options (not quite open, not quite restricted, but access with conditions attached as appropriate to the data). Providing an array of data access options which vary in stringency with confidentiality, is a useful mechanism in which researchers self-select access, depending upon their data requirements. This actually opens up data while helping to protect the security of confidential data. Formally launched in October 2012, the UK Data Service is a new service that is mandated to provide an entire spectrum of access options, from open data to restricted sensitive data, including a number of options in-between. This paper presents the new arrangements for economic and social data access via the new UK Data Service, and demonstrates why offering a range of access options (the full Data Access Spectrum), from downloadable open data to more restricted access, increases the range of data available, and widens research possibilities, while maximizing returns from investments made in data delivery.

  • The State of the Art of Remote Access to Condidential Microdata in Europe
    David Schiller (Institute for Employment Research (IAB))


    There are different ways to access and work with highly detailed and confidential micro-data. Researchers can work on-site in the facilities of the data providers, or they can submit their program code to the data provider where it is carried out on the servers of the data providers automatically, or by the staff of the RDC. A smooth way of working with the data is Remote Access (RA). The data stays at the facilities of the data provider and only a live stream is transferred to the users screen. At the same time the user can see the micro-data and can work directly with it, i.e. see intermediate results without delays. The FP7 funded European project Data without Boundaries (DwB) has carried out a survey about the state of the art of Remote Access in Europe. Eight RA centers participated and provided information about their solution with a focus on the technical point of view. The presentation will highlight and discuss the relevant findings of the survey. In addition, possible developments regarding Remote Access to confidential micro-data that are based on the existing solutions will be discussed.


D2: Opening Access to Non-Digital and Historic Data (Thu, 2013-05-30)
Chair:Amy Pienta

  • Realizing digital futures: Digitizing and building an online system for key post-1945 social science data sources
    Louise Corti (UK Data Archive)


    The Digital Futures project was funded by ESRC following a gap identified in the Methods & Infrastructure portfolio for qualitative data. It aims to maximize the impact from existing research and resource investments. We promised to deliver access to key post-war qualitative data via online data browsing and exploration, using robust data standards identified by the DDI qualitative working group. In this paper we will describe how we: prioritized data for large-scale digitization by targeting scholarly communities; specified an open-source publishing and data delivery system; employed a mechanism for reliably citing data at the sub- collection level to enable the publication of enhanced outputs and publishing data as linked data resources. The work will be fully integrated into the new UK Data Services ingest and data discovery and delivery architecture.


D4: DASISH: Data Service Infrastructure for the Social Science and the Humanities (Thu, 2013-05-30)
Chair:Michelle Coldrey

  • DASISH: The Big Picture
    Hans Jorgen Marker (Swedish National Data Service)


    DASISH is an EU FP7 funded project that brings together the five ESFRI infrastructures within social science and the humanities to provide common solutions to common problems. The five infrastructures are CESSDA, CLARIN, DARIAH, ESS and SHARE. Major areas that are addressed by DASISH include: occupation coding, questionnaire design, survey translation, question form and quality, survey management, deposit services, model for common deposit service, rules and guidelines for proper data management, trust federation for data access, robust PID service, improving metadata quality, joint metadata domain, workflow implementation, annotation framework, ethical and legal issues, creatin a legal and ethics competence centre, legal and ethical issues involved in data presentation. The results are being continuously presented in various workshops and through other channels. DASISH commenced in January 2012 and has results to report that are of interest to the IASSIST community.

  • Data Archives in an Environment of multiple Research Infrastructures: Towards a reference architecture for e-Infrastructures in the Social Sciences and Humanities
    Mike Priddy (Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS))
    Maarten Hoogerwerf (Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS))


    The developing research infrastructure landscape is diverse, with each infrastructure having particular requirements for data, metadata and protocols, therefore, it is difficult for a data archive to find a manageable solution to meet all the disparate demands. DASISH is working towards a reference architecture for infrastructures in the social sciences and humanities that recognizes the role data archives play and the challenges that they face. However, the heterogeneity and requirements of the communities that the infrastructures serve must also be maintained. We present our initial findings on the current state of the architectures of the five European social sciences and humanities infrastructures that are part of DASISH, and a vision for a referenc earchitecture, from the perspective of data archives.

  • Improving Survey Quality in Cross-national Research
    Eric Harrison (City University London)
    Knut Kalgraff Skjåk (Norwegian Social Science Data Services)
  • New Legal Challenges: New EC Privacy Regulation. Data Preservation and Data Sharing in Danger?
    Vigdis Kvalheim (Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD))


    On January 25th the European Commission published its proposal for a new European Data Protection Regulation. In December the European Parliament published its proposed amendments to the EC draft. The proposed regulation will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The new EC regulation will affect large areas of European research, and how it subsquently will be implemented and practiced, is of great interest to European researchers as wel as research infrastructures. The amendments proposed by the parliament include restrictive proposals for historical, statistical and scientific purposes. The reactions in the academic community across Europe have therefore been that of surprise and deep concern, in particular with the possible negative impacts on register based research and the possibilities for long-term preservation and data sharing across Europe. The old Directive from 1995 was not drafted with research interest in mind, but following an extensive consultation procedure that resulted in systematic submissions and political actions from several key players in the research sector, it nevertheless contains several important exemption provisions for scientific purposes. Today EC regulation affords research a privileged position in order to meet and highlight the research sector's legitimate need to process personal data. For empirical research across Europe it is crucial that the research exemptions are continued and if possible improved in the new Regulation. In DASISH WP6 we focus on legal and ethical issues, constraints and requirement for data use, data preservation and sharing for all types of data in the SSH domain. In that  context the proposed legal framework and how it balances the interest in privacy and research is important. In this presentation we look at this balance and how it may shift in favor of privacy if the amendments proposed by the European Parliament are implemented in its present form. We go on to argue that this may have unintended consequences for research and its contribution to society.

  • Education and Training for Research Infrastructures
    Alexia Katsanidou (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
    Laurence Horton (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)


    The DASISH WP7 brings together representatives from the five social sciences and humanities European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERICS) to produce training modules and workshops for infrastructure projects on research data management, long-term digital preservation and data reuse. This presentation will illustrate the activities of partners in WP7 as they bring together existing training resources and integrate them with their own outputs the material created by other DASISH work packages. The presentation will cover the structure of the work package, introduces its outputs so far, and outlines its future activities.


D5: Perspectives: Challenges for Multi-Disciplinary Research Data Infrastructures (Thu, 2013-05-30)
Chair:Leonie Schaefer

  • Multi-Disciplinary Research Data Infrastructures: Results from a Roadmap Project
    Jens Klump (German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ))


    The flood of digital data, which arises from studies in the social sciences or results from satellite missions in earth or space sciences, is growing rapidly. The permanent storage and its provision for future generations of researchers represent a challenge to the entire science system, however, many questions still remain unresolved. Financial aspects, organizational and technology issues in creating multi-disciplinary research data infrastructures, as well as the legal and political framework need to be clarified. These challenges will be discussed in the context of this session, which will take the form of a discussion panel introduced by four presentations. The data life cycle will serve as the guideline for the presentaitons which take a closer look at its specific challenges. The overall objective is the development of a multi-disciplinary research data infrastructure. The first presentation describe the Private Domain, i.e. the challenges in handling the data deluge from the perspective of the scientist.

  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect


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