DSDR webinar held on Restricted Data Applications, May 5, 2014

On May 5, 2014, DSDR sponsored a webinar in conjunction with its partners, the Hopkins Population Center, the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan and ICPSR (NICHD grant number U24 HD048404). The full webinar can be viewed here. The PowerPoint slides from the webinar are available and can be found here. A report prepared by Jennifer Darragh and Emily Agree from Johns Hopkins University can also be found here.
The overall goal of the webinar was to identify and communicate best practices in the acquisition and management of restricted data applications by showcasing examples from three institutional settings. The webinar provided an introduction to developing restricted-use data support services. It covered why data are considered to be restricted use, what types of restricted-use data agreements could be encountered, university/research administration involvement and support, computing and physical location security, media storage and security, and publication output restrictions. The webinar provided several illustrations of (a) applications; (b) step-by-step examples of how a restricted-use project is managed; and (c) "gotchas" to avoid. The webinar attracted over 120 professionals with a wide range of experiences and expertise including university administrators, researchers, data management and IT professionals, staff who serve a research unit, and librarians who serve an entire campus.

Presenters included:
  • Jennifer Darragh, the Data Services and Sociology Librarian at Johns Hopkins University, and restricted-data projects coordinator for the Hopkins Population Center (HPC). Jen manages the Milton S. Eisenhower Library Restricted Data Room. Jennifer discussed how restricted-use data support can be offered at different levels, and offered suggestions about developing a service that works best for you and your institution.
  • Lisa Neidert provides restricted-data support at the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Michigan. There are 48 active restricted-data contracts at PSC ranging from familiar social science data providers to less familiar organizations. She discussed what to keep track of and partners in the enterprise (researchers, and technical and administrative personnel).
  • Andrew Proctor is responsible for processing applications for restricted data for the Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) project within ICPSR at the University of Michigan. Currently, there are over 30 restricted studies available through the DSDR project. Andrew handles technical and user support for researchers with active restricted-data agreements in addition to assisting new applicants using ICPSR's restricted-data application system. He discussed how to organize for processing applications, features of a good online management system, security issues and recent innovations being developed by ICPSR that will benefit the DSDR project.