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Project Title:

Confidentiality Issues Arising from the Integration of Remotely Sensed and Self-Identifyng Data
PIN: HDGC-I-03-01-A        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit:
RSO: Stern, Paul

Subject/Focus Area:

Project Scope
The Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change (CHDGC) has created a panel
that will address the scientific value of linking remotely sensed and
self-identifying social science data; discuss and evaluate tradeoffs involving
data accessibility, confidentiality, and data quality; consider the legal
issues raised by releasing remotely sensed data in forms linked to
self-identifying data; assess the costs and benefits of different methods for
addressing confidentiality in the dissemination of such data; and suggest
appropriate models for addressing the issues raised by the combined needs for
confidentiality and data access. The study panel will organize a workshop to
bring together scholars actively engaged in research linking survey data to
remotely sensed data and other interested parties. Participants will engage in
discussions to seek effective ways to reconcile the demands of confidentiality,
broad data access, and data quality. The workshop and the report that would be
produced will include discussions of such issues as: ways to make datasets
available that link spatial and self-identifying data while maintaining
confidentiality; data sharing policies for research funding agencies that are
sensitive to confidentiality issues; and issues that should be considered by
institutional human subjects review organizations with regard to research
linking spatial and self-identifying data. The report will be addressed to:
(1) scientists involved in creating integrated datasets, (2) managers of data
archives, (3) managers of institutional review processes, (4) specialists in
privacy rights, (5) funders of social science research that uses remotely
spatially specific data, and (6) research policy makers.

The sponsors of this study are: The U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, The National Science Foundation, and The National Aeronautics and
Space Administraton.

The approximate starting date for this project January 4, 2005.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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 Meeting 1 - 12/09/2005
 Meeting 2 - 03/06/2006


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