The Ethics and Legality in the Digital Arts and Humanities (ELDAH) DARIAH Working Group has published a new training resource on DARIAH-Campus, entitled “Data Protection in Research Practice – A Tutorial”. The resource introduces researchers to the GDPR legislation and what it means for the digital arts and humanities.
This is the first resource from ELDAH to be published on DARIAH-Campus, and it comes after the delivery of the Consent Form Wizard in September 2020. It was developed through DARIAH Working Group funding and contributions by the Austrian and Croatian national DARIAH consortia, and was compiled by members of the community, under the lead of Working Group chairs Walter Scholger, Koraljka Kuzman Šlogar, and Vanessa Hannesschläger.
“The consent form wizard has been a very welcome and timely output from the ELDAH Working Group, so the DARIAH-Campus team is delighted to support this resource and host this very useful module that focuses on the legal and ethical issues behind data management”, says DARIAH-EU Training and Education Officer, Vicky Garnett.
The Consent Form Wizard supports humanities researchers in obtaining valid consent for data processing in the context of their specific research activity. The tool guides users through a questionnaire that then generates a GDPR-compliant form that can be used to obtain consent from research participants, tailored to specific purpose of the project and the data categories collected. This is primarily an EU-centric tool, but it has best practice benefits for researchers all over the world.
The tutorial covers principles of personal data processing, explains the key principles of the GDPR, the rights of individual data subjects and the duties and privileges pertaining to scientific research in this context.
“There has been a lot of mystification about various restrictions and obligations the GDPR imposes on our academic work but ultimately, the topic is one of research ethics and how you should treat your data subjects rather than how you have to treat them” says Walter Scholger, one of ELDAH’s co-chairs and one of the main authors of the tutorial.
The full module can be accessed on DARIAH Campus here: https://campus.dariah.eu/resource/posts/data-protection-in-research-practice-%E2%80%93-a-tutorial
You can find out more about the ELDAH Working Group here: https://eldah.hypotheses.org/