Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Social Sciences and Humanities
A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research, whether collected yourself or obtained from a third party source such as a data archive. Issues of confidentiality, informed consent, cybersecurity and data management will be covered. Examples of scenarios or concerns drawn from the research of participants are particularly welcome. The role of support services at Oxford will also be outlined and in particular the role of the Bodleian Data Librarian who will lead the session. Follow up consultations with the Data librarian or other subject consultants are also offered.

The session will cover: key best practice principles when working with sensitive or restricted research data; issues around creating original data in the Social Sciences and Humanities; informed consent agreements; how to maximise the usage potential of data during and after a project; strengths and weaknesses of anonymization, data blurring and similar techniques; key strategies for protecting data including encryption, embargoes, future vetting and access restrictions; the obligation put on researchers by legislation and research partners.

Intended Audience: All DPhil students and research staff in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Date: 30 May 2018, 14:00 (Wednesday, 6th week, Trinity 2018)
Venue: Social Science Library, Manor Road OX1 3UQ
Venue Details: Information Skills Training Room
Speakers: John Southall (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford), Catherine Scutt (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)
Organising department: Bodleian Libraries
Organiser: Dorothy Rutherford (Bodleian Libraries)
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Part of: Bodleian iSkills - Workshops in Information Discovery and Scholarly Communications
Booking required?: Required
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Cost: Free
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Dorothy Rutherford