Centre for Digital Humanities

Why privacy and data management?

A number of things have changed over the last years.

  • In May 2018 the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force. Since then all research at the Humanities faculty involving human subjects must be GDPR-compliant.
  • Since app. 2019 funders, like NWO, ZonMW and ERC have set up requirements with regard to FAIR research data.
  • Since January 2020, all person-related research must be assessed by the Faculty Ethics Assessment Committee – Humanities.
  • Since 2021, the Faculty’s data management policy was launched.  

All these new rules and regulations have consequences for your research practice, both in the preliminary phase as well as during the research itself.

To name a few: your research should have a data management plan; when human subject are involved, your research must be assessed by the Faculty Ethics Assessment Committee – Humanities and your data sets need to be registered; financing parties want a copy of your Data Management Plan and possibly a written assessment of the Institutional Data Protection Officer; research participants need to sign a consent form before participation, etc.

The data manager and/or privacy officer can help you navigate these demands and the related deadlines.