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Managing and sharing research data: best practice for data protection

28 Nov 2018 - 29 Nov 2018 12:00 am
Data skills

If your research involves working with people, be it through
surveys, interviews, trials, experiments, focus groups or other methods, then
it is important to know the legal and ethical obligations you have towards
research participants and how to put them into practice. With the General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the updated Data Protection Act (DPA) having
come into force this year in May, the responsibilities that researchers have for
the handling and processing of personal information have changed. At the same
time, research data obtained from people can be published in a data repository,
shared and reused in future if you pay attention to gaining consent for data
sharing, de-identifying (anonymising) data where needed and controlling access.

In this two-day hands-on workshop, you will learn best
practices for managing and publishing research data resulting from research
with participants. Specific attention will be paid to the requirements of the GDPR
and the DPA when gaining consent, processing and de-identifying data and
sharing them for future use. We will also focus on disclosure review and de-identification
of quantitative data.

Practical demonstrations, discussions and hands-on exercises
will be used throughout. To make the most of the workshop participants will
need to bring a laptop along (or request one from us) and ensure that they have
installed the necessary software and are registered
with the UK Data Service in advance of the workshop.

This workshop is suitable for researchers of all levels of

Software to install in advance: Before the workshop please
ensure you install the following programmes on your laptop, if you have any
problems installing the programmes please contact Scott ( and
Cristina ( directly.

VeraCrypt (

R (

RStudio (

sdcMicro R package (


Anca Vlad



Veerle Van
den Eynden



£60 - UK registered students

£120 - Staff - UK academic institutions and research centres, ESRC funded researchers, UK registered charity and voluntary organisations, staff - public sector and government

£300 - All other participants including commercial organisations and non-UK individuals