All posts by Markus Herklotz

The Mannheim Web Panel introduces novel semi-structured webpage data on company level

Company websites are an important source of economic data and can be used for various scientific approaches, such as predicting firm innovativeness or examining market entry strategies. But the content of those websites changes over time, which requires a continuous monitoring to capture this (change of) information.

For this reason, the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research scrapes the content of corporate websites since 2018 in a panel format, updated every three to six months.

Find out more about the data and how you can access it on our new Mannheim Web Panel page!

Geographic pattern of product innovator firm prediction - Mannheim Web Panel results

Does your data project comply with the privacy protection regulations? iVA helps you to find out

Working with data involves attention to data privacy issues in order to protect the individual. But for researchers it can be very demanding to identify which privacy protection regulation is binding and under which conditions it applies to their own work as legal issues are usually not central to their area of expertise.

To offer researchers and other people working with data an entry point to understand those important privacy law issues, the BERD@BW team developed an interactive Virtual Assistant (iVA). iVA leads you with a series of questions through the regulations and provides a result based on your answers.

interactive Virtual Assistant - BERD@BW
BERD@BW: interactive Virtual Assistant (iVA) helps researchers to understand data privacy regulations

The first part of iVA, which examines with you if privacy protection regulations apply to your data project, was recently updated and can be accessed here: https://www.berd-bw.de/iva/ (german)

While iVA currently addresses if privacy protection regulations apply to you, we are already working on an extension to cover the issue more profoundly. We are looking forward to present you a second part of iVA, that will let you check if you are allowed to process personal data and what requirements you have to keep in mind.