In an increasingly globalised world, research is reaching beyond geographical borders, raising questions on the methods, laws, and possibilities in moving or sharing data internationally. As the volume and type of data we create becomes more varied, sensitive, and complex, we need to ask: what are our own responsibilities as professional researchers collecting data overseas? Who is ultimately accountable for data produced with foreign partners? What
happens when national laws and policy differ dramatically? May strategies be usefully shared within or across disciplines?
The second part of The Data Dialogue – When Research Crosses Borders – provided Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines with the tools and knowledge to better approach their research data needs, covering data reliability in foreign countries, challenges with international law, working with foreign governments, and the ethics of undertaking research with foreign subjects.
With case studies revealing tangible experience of working in a foreign landscape, our speakers shared their own discipline-specific examples and the newly realised complexities of cross-border research.
From our Researchers
Working with Health Data in an International Environment, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Supporting Collaboration and Reuse of Research Data at Oxford, The University of Oxford
Dr. Heather Hamill
Collecting Ethnographic Data in Tanzania and Ghana, The University of Oxford
Prof. Mary Bosworth
The Ethics and Challenges of Conducting Research in Immigration Detention Centres, The University of Oxford
Dr. Juan Gómez-Romero
Managing personal data across the EU in the age of Big Data and Information Fusion, Imperial College London
Dr. Troy Sternberg
One Landscape, Two Data Environments, The University of Oxford
Dr. Simon Hodson
Open Data and the Data Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Research, CODATA
Dr. Julia Viebach
Collecting, Understanding and Managing Difficult Data in a Post-genocide Context, The University of Oxford