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Guidelines for the Ethical use of Digital Data in Human Research0

Posted by Admin in on May 28, 2015
 

Clark, K. Duckham, M. Guillemin, M. Hunter, A. McVernon, J. O’Keefe, C. Pitkin, C. Prawer, S. Sinnott, R. Warr, D. Waycott, J. (2015) Guidelines for the Ethical use of Digital Data in Human Research, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne.0.

“The guidelines presented here have been developed to assist researchers who are conducting, and ethics committee members who are assessing, research involving digital data. Digital data presents researchers and ethics committees with familiar and novel ethical issues. Accepted strategies for managing issues such as privacy and confidentiality, and informed consent, need rethinking. The qualities of digital data, including its mobility and replicability, present new kinds of ethical issues which emerge in relation to data governance, data security and data management”.

Griffith University Research Ethics Manual (GUREM)0

Posted by Admin in on May 27, 2015
 

A booklet-based resource manual for researchers and ethics reviewers. Rather than a rulebook the GUREM is a resource for reflective practice in human research. The 46 booklets cover a wide range of topics, such as recruitment, consent, social media in research and the exposure of illegal behaviour. Click here to see a list of the current booklets.

The intended audience for the resource is researchers, ethics reviewers, policy/educational officers and commentators.

Dr Gary Allen is the primary author of the GUREM.

Further information about the GUREM:

1) Web page for the GUREM;
2) A list of the 46 booklets are available upon request;
3) Excerpt of booklets can be provided on request for evaluative purposes; and
4) The consolidated index of the GUREM can be accessed here.

Licenses are available to research institutions to use the GUREM as the foundation of their resource material. The enduring license need only be purchased once for all researchers at that institution.

For five years licensees will receive track change updates of any updates to the GUREM (e.g. arising from the rolling review of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and the new national application form). Click here to see information about previous updates to Booklets of the Manual.

Conducting Research on the Internet (PDF) – British Psychological Society0

Posted by Admin in on May 23, 2015
 

Report of the Working Party on Conducting Research on the Internet
Guidelines for ethical practice in psychological research online

“The term Internet Mediated Research (IMR) covers a wide range of research activities ranging from purely observational studies to surveys and in vivo quantitative studies to highly structured and well-controlled experiments. These guidelines supplement, rather than replace, the general ethical principles of the British Psychological Society (BPS, 2006), to allow for the additional ethical and practical issues inherent in IMR. Depending on the research design, participants in IMR can be identifiable or anonymous; they can explicitly consent to participate, or they can be invisibly observed without their knowledge. These two key dimensions (level of identifiability and level of observation) form the basis of the guidance offered in this document. Ten issues inherent when researching online are discussed. These are: verifying identity; public/private space; informed consent; levels of control; withdrawal; debriefing; deception; monitoring; protection of participants and researchers; and data protection.”

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