Table of Contents
Data in the social sciences
In this guide, we focus on data generated in social sciences research, both quantitative and qualitative. Notably, within the field of social sciences, you will often work with data originating from human participants. This can mean that you are handling (sensitive) personal data, which deserve special attention.
In the tabs below a definition of personal data is given and our concept of quantitative and qualitative data is introduced.
(Sensitive) personal data and the guide
Tips for handling (sensitive) personal data are present throughout this guide. In particular, we would like to point out the following:
- In the chapter on storing data, you will find measures to protect (sensitive) personal data from unauthorised access with strong passwords and encryption.
- In the chapter on protecting your data, you will learn how a combination of gaining consent, anonymising data, gaining clarity over who owns the copyright of your data and controlling access to data can enable the ethical and legal sharing of (sensitive) personal data.