The German Data Forum (RatSWD) has appointed Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schupp as new vice-chairperson. Jürgen Schupp is deputy director of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin), and is a Professor of Sociology at the Freie University Berlin. Prior to becoming deputy chairperson, Jürgen Schupp has followed the work of the German Data Forum (RatSWD) through his engagement with the SOEP, and has been a member of the German Data Forum (RatSWD) since 2017; his working group is centred on the top of roadmap processes.
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) would like to give special thanks to Prof. Stefan Bender (Deutsche Bundesbank), who resigned at deputy chairperson due to his many other commitments. He has been a part of the office since 2014, and has made a great contribution towards the future success of the German Data Forum (RatSWD), especially in the last two years when a variety of directional decisions had to be made. Stefan Bender continues to be a member of the German Data Forum (RatSWD) for the Bundesbank, and represents the committee in the Statistical Advisory Board, the UK Data Forum, and numerous other official engagements.
During its 53rd session on 7-8 November 2019, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) also agreed on recommendations for scientific standards for data collection, regarding new technologies, such as GPS sensors and heart rate monitors. These new technological possibilities are already actively used in research and open up new potential for scientific data collection. However, these should be framed with standards for quality assurance, ethical and data protective aspects, as well as comprehensive research data management. The German Data Forum (RatSWD) will publish recommendations for these developments promptly.
There is still a need to clarify how the European General Data Protection Regulation will be applied, for example, on the concept of shared responsibility, which has been determined by the German Data Forum (RatSWD) in exchange with Prof. Dr. Rolf Schwartmann (TH Cologne, Society for Data Protection and Data Security). The collective responsibility of different actors in data collection and processing also regularly exists in scientific research projects, for example, between individual researchers and their institutes. It is important in such instances of shared responsibility that a collective agreement is reached between parties, and transparency is communicated.
The next meeting of the RatSWD will take place after the 8th Conference for Social and Economic Data (8| KSWD) on March 2/3, 2020 in Berlin.