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Engage R&I Webinars on Data Protection & Ethics / FAIR Data

Webinar 1: Data Protection & Ethics in Research Data Management

Due to illness, the webinar had to be rescheduled. The new webinar date is Wednesday, 13.12.2023, 10:00 – 11:30

Date & Time: December 13, 2023, 10:00 – 11:30

Key Topics:

  • Why is data protection essential, and when does the GDPR apply?
  • Understanding ethical requirements in data handling.


  • Vasilka Stoilova (University of Mannheim, BERD@NFDI)
  • Andreas Bruns (GHGA German Human Genome-Phenome Archive, FAIR DS: FAIR-Data Spaces)

For more details, visit Webinar on Data Protection & Ethics.

Webinar 2: FAIR Data Optimization and Insights

Date & Time: December 15, 2023, 10:00 – 11:30

Key Topics:

  • Optimizing FAIR Data Sharing with ChatGPT.
  • Understanding data policies of economic and social science journals.


  • Renat Shigapov (Data Science Consultant in FDZ | Data Scientist for BERD@NFDI | Coordinator of the NFDI WG “Knowledge Graphs”)
  • Thomas Seyffertitz (Deputy Head of Collection Management at Vienna University of Economics and Business Library: Economics and Business Administration, Finance, Accounting & Statistics, Research Data Management)

For more information, visit Webinar on FAIR Data.

𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 D𝗮𝘁𝗮 E𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗭𝗕𝗪 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝘂𝘀 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗸𝗹𝗼𝘁𝘇

Read the interview here.

From small coffee lectures to full-day workshops and flipped classrooms – the 𝗕𝗘𝗥𝗗 𝗔𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗺𝘆 reflects the demand for continuous education in rapidly evolving fields not covered by traditional curricula.

The BERD Academy is a substantial component of our Initiative. It is at the forefront of empowering researchers with accessible and free data science and management knowledge.

From the interview, you can learn more about BERD Academy’s mission, the diverse participant profiles, the instructors with practical expertise, and the innovative didactic approaches used to ensure effective learning.

The Public Good Statistics – Infrastructure for Decision Making, Research, and Discourse

Join us for a transformative workshop series that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the intricate landscape of data culture, ethical considerations, and policy implications.

𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗮 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗵𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻.

🔗 Click here to register for the first session

📈 𝗦𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝟭: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀 – 𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗖𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲!
📆 Tuesday, October 10, 2023
⏰ 9 am to 5 pm (lunch break from 12 to 2 pm)
📍 LMU Munich

Why Discuss Data Culture?

Public statistics is more than just the application of statistical methods. In this workshop, you will become familiar with how different societal interests influence public statistics and how, in turn, information shapes public discourse.

Throughout the workshop, you will develop a fundamental understanding of data literacy and data culture, catering not only to data professionals but also to all users of data and statistics. We will explore the questions of how conventions are at the heart of the co-production of statistics and society — and what decision-making processes drive them. We will approach the answer by taking concrete case studies and questions from the current political landscape and trying to answer them with the best possible quantifications.

🔗 Click here to register for the second session

💡 Session 2: Values, Ethics, and What They Mean for Quality

📆 Wednesday, October 11, 2023
⏰ 9 am to 5 pm (lunch break from 12 to 2 pm)
📍 LMU Munich

How are Values and Ethics Linked to Data Quality?

As with other products, public statistics aims to optimize the design (form) of the use (function) of the products (“form follows function”). In this respect, it is about more than just the application of statistical methods. Rather, the focus must be on the questions that society wants to have answered with solid statistics for its current, pressing, and conflict-laden issues. Other aspects then play a role here, namely whether politics values and finances this infrastructure, whether corresponding data literacy is available in the population at large, and so on. 

In this workshop, you will gain a basic understanding of why ethics and values play such an important role when using data. You will get to know different ethical principles and discuss if they are still up-to-date with current developments and new data sources. By doing so, we will explore the relationship between quality of information, integrity, and governance.

🔗 Click here to register for the third session

📊 Session 3: Data 4 Policy: The Evolution from Statistical to Data 

📆 Thursday, October 12, 2023
⏰ 9 am to 5 pm (lunch break from 12 to 2 pm)
📍 LMU Munich

Let’s discuss the future of data, statistics, and society

New data sources and data science methods open up substantial opportunities for research and for improving statistics. However, the integration of traditional and newer methods requires more than the merging of methodology and technology.

In this workshop, you will discuss the differences between data-driven and question-driven approaches. We will explore in which places of society data plays an important role and how it is regulated. By this, we will expand on the triangle of data, facts, and policy. Let’s discuss the future of data and society!

🔗 Register here:

BERD Academy Program October & November

Learn 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 and 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 through our exciting new range of 𝗕𝗘𝗥𝗗 𝗔𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗺𝘆 courses scheduled for 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 and 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 2023. Join us for on-site workshops or participate online in interactive sessions.

Completely free of charge and open to everyone, we extend a warm invitation to 𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆📊🌍, 𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵📓, or 𝗮𝗰𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀📈.


For our complete course schedule, additional information, and registration details, please visit:

DSSG Lecture Series

Join the DSSG Lecture Series featuring talks by professionals in AI, Data Science, and more. Explore the latest research and gain valuble real-world knowledge in stimulating conversations.

Visit the website to check out the timetable, read more about the speakers’ profiles and find the registration links.

Register here for the first open lecture session on Aug 17th where Hassan Shaukat presents the thrilling work of DSSG Berlin e.V.

Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) hands-on summer program

Picture a gathering of brilliant minds, all driven by the common goal of using data science to make the world a better place…🌈 🦄
– does that sound real to you?

We are excited to share that the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) hands-on summer program, an exceptional 2-month full-time program has been launched in August, led by Frauke Kreuter and Bernd Bischl of the Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML).

Many public mission-driven organizations, like educational institutions and NGOs, lag in data science adoption due to factors like limited funds or expertise. DSSG is working to change that!

Aspiring data science talents are joining forces and weaving together their expertise on projects that positively impact society.

Chosen teams will focus on:

➤ Developing a Fire Hydrant Range-Finder Web App to assist the disaster control (“Katastrophenschutz”) in Munich.
➤ Creating and analyzing a land sealing dataset to enhance climate change understanding.

iVA3: Your Interactive Virtual Assistant for Data Protection

Are you tired of the complexity and lack of transparency surrounding privacy laws?

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Our powerful tool is here to help you navigate through the intricacies of data protection regulations. Discover a new level of clarity and transparency as you navigate the world of data protection.
After the successful release of iVA1 and iVA2, we proudly introduce iVA3, the ultimate interactive Virtual Assistant designed to guide you through the examination of whether the processing of personal data within your research project meets federal or state legal requirements.

By asking specific questions, providing short examples, and offering precise definitions, iVA3 guides you through a decision tree tailored to your unique circumstances. It minimizes confusion and streamlines decision-making by providing clear and concise guidance, saving you time and effort.
Ready to experience the potential of iVA3 firsthand? Click here and try it out for yourself.

Smartphone Sensor Data for your Social Research

Are you fascinated by the potential of smartphone data to understand human behavior and society? Are you a data service provider or researcher looking to leverage the power of smartphone sensor data for your social research?

The IAB-SMART project has gathered valuable insights by combining in-app survey data with 1.3 million location observations derived from GPS and mobile network data. Now, we are excited to invite you to our three-part webinar series that will guide you through the process of collecting, processing, and utilizing smartphone sensor data for social research.

While attending the entire series is recommended, you are welcome to participate in individual sessions based on your interests and requirements. Here are the details of each webinar session:

📅 IAB-SMART 1: 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟮𝟴, 2023, 12 pm – 1:30 pm CEST
🎙️ 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗔𝗕-𝗦𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝘆: 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝗲𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗽𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵
🗣️ Presented by Georg-Christoph Haas
💻 Register here

📅 IAB-SMART 2: 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟬𝟱, 2023, 1 pm CEST – 2 pm CEST
🎙️ 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗽𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗮𝗱𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘆 𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗹? – 𝗔𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗔𝗕-𝗦𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁
🗣️ Presented by Florian Zimmermann
💻 Register here

📅 IAB-SMART 3: 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟭𝟮, 2023, 1 pm CEST – 2 pm CEST
🎙️ 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗶𝗱𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝗻𝘆𝗺𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝘄 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗽𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗴𝗲𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗮: 𝗖𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗿’𝘀 𝗘𝘅𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗔𝗕-𝗦𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗧 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁
🗣️ Presented by Andreas Filser
💻 Register here

You will learn about the ethical and transparent collection of smartphone data, explore the research potential of geolocation smartphone data, and gain practical insights into tidying and anonymizing raw smartphone geolocation data.

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your research toolkit and gain comprehensive insights into smartphone sensor data! Register now for the IAB-SMART Webinar Series by visiting the respective links provided above.

Joint Conference on Research on Text Analytics

Text data plays a crucial role in the NFDI (National Research Data Infrastructure), particularly in the BERD@NFDI and Text+ consortia, which focus on research in Business, Economics, and Related Data (BERD@NFDI) and humanities (Text+). While these consortia cater to distinct communities and research inquiries, they share commonalities in their approaches, such as utilizing machine learning, language models, and other natural language processing techniques. The aim of the Joint Conference on Research on Text Analytics is to showcase various application domains and explore potential collaborations by examining shared methodologies.

Please find the program and the registration opportunity here.