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DCC/Arts/ABJZ event: How to balance academic freedom and data protection

When:Tu 21-06-2022 15:00 - 17:00
Where:Marie Loke hall (Harmonie Building)
The DCC joins Digital Humanities to discuss how to balance academic freedom and data protection
The DCC joins Digital Humanities to discuss how to balance academic freedom and data protection

More and more, researchers work with data that enforces them to think about the legal and ethical rules and regulations with regards to data protection. For instance, there might be personal data involved, or there might be copyright issues at stake. Are we able to recognize these challenges and more important, what insights do we have to weigh the different positions? The Digital Competence Centre (DCC) in close collaboration with the centre for Digital Humanities will offer an interactive, hands-on workshop that introduce real-life cases, including a multistakeholder roleplay. The aim of the two hour session is to help you become aware of the dilemma’s and take on an active role as a researcher early on in your research design.

The guiding principle for this afternoon is the new EU Copyright Directive which provides for an exception for Text-and Data Mining (TDM) on the copyright rules allowing researchers to make copies, as long as the access is lawful and the research is carried out with a public interest goal. Meanwhile, with careful balancing of fundamental rights article 85 of the GDPR allows processing personal data for academic expressions. Good practices to use these exceptions still need to be explored. That is why we will do this balancing act as a roleplay together, building on experiences with the Data Protection Impact Assessment roleplay.

Participants will receive an introduction to the case and a google doc to choose their role to prepare in the week before the roleplay.


15.00-15.15: Welcome and Introduction of the programme (Esther Hoorn, AJBZ)

15.15-15.25: Case 1: Federico Pianzola will introduce his challenge as he is seeking advice on possible publication of datasets from collaborative research on digital social reading.

15.25-15.40: An assessment of options for restricted access, based on a legal assessment and a review of the data, by Christina Elsenga.

15.40-15.55: Case 2: Susan Aasman about archiving personal data as ‘born-digital’ cultural heritage

15.55-16.10: Break

16.10-16.40: Roleplay based on Case 2: Archiving personal data as “born-digital’ cultural heritage

16.40-17.00: Reflection and discussion

About our speakers

Esther Hoorn is a COMENIUS Senior fellow for 'privacy in research: asking the right questions'. She is an expert in legal advice on Data protection, Research Integrity and ethical assessment.
Federico Pianzola is Assistant Professor in Computational Humanities and an active researcher in the field of digital social reading.
Christina Elsenga is a senior consultant in research data management at the Digital Competence Centre.
Susan Aasman is professor in Digital Humanities and director of the Center for Digital Humanities. She is a mediahistorian working with persona and private media archival materials.