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Seminar: Digital Research Ethics in the Humanities and Social Sciences

November 21 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Are you working with digital material in your research project? And are you pondering the matter of how you should handle the ethical and legal dimensions of your research? Are you in doubt about whether or not you are doing “the right thing” in terms of ethics and law? And how about ethics in relation to Danish and European legislation? Are you curious about how other researchers in somehow similar research projects do and think about these issues in relation to their research?  Then this research seminar (embedded PhD course) is for you!

Ethical issues and legislation

In collaboration, AU Datalab and DIGETIK invite all researchers (including PhD students) working with personal data and/or data derived from human behaviour and communication who are facing ethical and legal dilemmas in this regard to participate in a one-day research seminar focusing on the perils and practices of researching our increasingly digitally saturated social lives.

The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers whose empirical material is partly or entirely digital, in order to discuss the ethical and legal dimensions of their research projects. Through presentations and discussion of current legal and ethical frameworks and through discussions of how we as researchers do actually go about doing our research in ethically sound ways, we hope to 1) render visible current “best practices” of digital research, and 2) inquire the dilemmas of these practices in order to support digital researchers in navigating the murky waters of digital ethics. Not least, the aim of the seminar is to improve, qualify, and empower ethical decision-making in digital research.

Sign up for the seminar

We encourage researchers at all stages of their academic careers to participate, no matter if they work with big or small data. In order to participate, fill out the following form no later than November 1st 2017:


PhD students will be awarded 1 ECTS-point for their participation. Suggested readings will be sent out by e-mail in the beginning of November.

Max number of participants is 25.


10.00-10.15: Welcome

10.15-11.00: Presentation of 3 example cases featuring critical ethical dilemmas.

Case 1: Ane Kathrine Gammelby on key ethical and legal dilemmas of researching intimate peer-communities discussing health-issues on Facebook.

Case 2: TBA.

Case 3: TBA.

11.00-11.15: Coffee break

11.15-12.00: Presentation by Cristina Angela Gulisano Director, The Danish Data Protection Agency

12.00-13.00: Lunch break

13.00-13.45: Panel discussion of the three example cases presented in the morning. Panelists: 

-Jette Kofoed
-Anja Bechmann

13.00-13.45: Break

14.00-16.00: Workshop focusing on the participants’ own research dilemmas. The workshop will be organized                                    by Malene Charlotte Larsen, DIGETIK.



November 21
10:00 - 16:00


Anja Bechmann, Aarhus University, AU Datalab, and AoIR
Malene Charlotte Larsen, Aalborg University, DIGETIK, DigHumLab
Ane Kathrine Gammelby, Aarhus University, AU Datalab


Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B
Aarhus, 8000 Denmark
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