Pre-Conference workshop 2021

Data Protection in Research Practice: The GDPR and the ELDAH Consent Form Wizard

In this pre-conference workshop, we will discuss the European legal framework for data privacy and processing personal data (General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR). The workshop will help participants understand how their research is affected by the GDPR and what issues to pay attention to.

First, there will be a general introduction to the topics of data protection and the processing of personal data in the context of research, education and cultural heritage to summarize the pertinent articles of the GDPR. In a second step, we will speak about the most common scenarios in which humanities’ and social sciences’ researchers encounter data protection issues. Examples of this include surveys, interviews and other research activities involving human participants, but also common academic scenarios like communication (mailing-lists, newsletters) and events (e.g. regarding picture and video recordings. For many of these activities, researchers have to obtain legal consent from their participants in order to comply with the GDPR.

Therefore, the DARIAH working group ELDAH (Ethics and Legality in Digital Arts and Humanities, eldah.hypotheses.org) has developed a tool that provides standardized consent form templates for obtaining legal consent from human participants: The DARIAH ELDAH Consent Form Wizard (CFW). The CFW enables digital scholars and the wider research infrastructure community to quickly and easily obtain a standardized consent form that is legally valid in all of the European Union.

The workshop participants will be introduced to this tool and will get a chance to test it by applying it to their own research practices. They will use the tool to download templates to obtain research participants’ consent. Workshop participants will also have a chance to give feedback on the CFW: to point out elements that are missing and suggest additional consent scenarios.

In order to ensure a lively discussion and a good trainer-trainee ratio, the number of participants is limited to 20 on-site and 20 online. On-site Participants are required to bring their own laptops.

Please register via: zoom.us/meeting/register.

If the costs of transport and accommodation cannot be covered by your working institutions, contact the workshop organizers at the link: docs.google.com/forms.