[IAB-SMART 3] How to tidy and anonymize raw smartphone geolocation data: Code and Practitioner’s Examples from the IAB-SMART Project

With Andreas Filser
Online, July 12th 2023, 1:00pm - 2:00pm CEST

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In addition to in-app survey data, the IAB-SMART project collected 1.3 million locations observations from GPS and mobile network data on participants recruited among Android users in the Panel Study Labor Market and Social Security (PASS). Financed by BERD@NFDI, these collected raw geolocations were aggregated and published as IAB-SMART-Activity at the Research Data Center of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), containing geolocation indicators that can be used by researchers and linked to PASS survey data and PASS-ADIAB administrative employment data.

In this webinar, we will provide you with an overview of the preparation and anonymization tasks necessary to edit raw geolocations to meaningful indicators and to publish these indicators as a Scientific Use File (SUF) . Using R code examples, we will guide you step-by-step through the data editing process and provide you with tips & tricks for preparing smartphone location data. We will also highlight helpful packages, papers and tutorials.

The webinar’s analytical challenges, questions and open discussions support you directly in your current and/or future work with (smartphone) geolocation data.

This webinar is part of the IAB-SMART Webinar Series with three sessions. To get the whole picture, we recommend participating in the whole series, but the sessions can also be attended individually.

About the Instructor

Andreas Filser, who holds a doctoral degree in the field of Social Sciences, is a research associate at the Research Data Centre at the Institute for Employment Research of the German Federal Employment Agency (FDZ-IAB). His research interests primarily focus on demography, family sociology, and labor market issues.