Managing and sharing research data: best practice for data protection

28 - 29 November 2018
Lift, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW

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 expertise.

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 (ssummers@essex.ac.uk) and Cristina (dcmagd@essex.ac.uk) directly.

VeraCrypt (https://www.veracrypt.fr/en/Downloads.html)

R (https://www.r-project.org/)

RStudio (https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/)

sdcMicro R package (https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/sdcMicro/index.html)


Anca Vlad

Cristina Magder

Scott Summers

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


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