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FORS Data Management Webinar Series

FORS offers four free webinars on data management destined to social science researchers and to anyone interested in data management and data sharing.

Through the four webinars, which you can attend “a la carte” or all together, you will: be introduced to the context of open research data; learn about the requirements of funders and journals with respect to data sharing; better understand the legal and ethical framework in which your research is embedded; be introduced to key data management practices that aim to protect research participants and make data sharable (such as security issues, informed consent, and anonymization); and learn about different data sharing solutions, with a focus on our new data sharing tool SWISSUbase (currently known as FORSbase).

  1. Data management planning (September 9, 2021)

The first webinar, on data management planning, will be presented by Alexandra Stam. It will provide an introduction to open research data and data management, before focusing on data management planning by guiding you through the SNSF DMP template. By the end of the presentation you should have enough insights to start drafting your own data management plan.

  1. Data protection (September 30, 2021)

The second webinar, on data protection, will be presented by Pablo Diaz. It will introduce you to the various legal and ethical requirements in Switzerland when conducting research in the social sciences. In particular, you will learn which laws apply to your discipline (whether or not you collect personal and sensitive data), your rights and obligations with respect to protecting research participants, all while providing  practical examples.

  1. Data security (October 12, 2021)

The third webinar, on data security, will be presented by Brian Kleiner. It will introduce you to different storage solutions for research projects, guide you through key data security measures throughout the research process, and present different preservation options and requirements. By the end of the presentation you should be able to define a strategy to protect your data during and after your projects.

  1. Archiving and data sharing (November 4, 2021)

The fourth webinar will be presented by Marieke Heers. You will be introduced to the importance of data sharing and some key requirements to make data sharable, such as consent, documentation and anonymization. It will then present different solutions for data sharing and present in greater depth the new FORS online repository SWISSUbase. By the end of the workshop you will have a better understanding of the key data management practices needed in order to make your data sharable and the advantages of choosing SWISSUbase as your repository.


The webinars will take place online during lunch time (12-1 pm). The webinars will consist in a 45-minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes for questions.

Level: Introductory
Experience/knowledge required: None
Target audience: Social science researchers/anyone interested in data management and data sharing


You can register for free to all of the webinars or to one in particular. Register here.


For any questions related to this webinar series, you can contact Dr. Alexandra Stam

From: 9 Sep, 2021
12:00 - 13:00
To: 4 Nov, 2021
12:00 - 13:00
Organizer: FORS
Languages: English