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Geo data – support for researchers

Quick-scan Research Scenario

By performing a query of three questions the most applicable research scenario will be selected and presented to you. Besides the description of the research scenario you also will find the actions to take to organize and secure your research properly.

If people from other organizations (e.g. a consortium) need to have access to add new data or change your research data, answer Yes.

If you don’t share data or if you share data with UU-colleagues only, answer No.

Note: This question is about the research data only, not about your publication.


Personal data is all information about an identified or identifiable natural person. This means that information is either directly about a person or can be traced back to this person. Information about deceased persons or organisations are not personal data.

There are many types of personal data. Obviously name, email, physical address are personal data. But also telephone – and credit card number, license plate, social security number, IP-address or geo-tracks are all personal data. Data that involve topics such as health, religion, or ethnicity are considered sensitive personal data.

If you conduct research about identifiable persons or in cooperation with identifiable external recruited participants, answer Yes.


There could be other risks – apart from the risk of working with personal data. This is the case if your research:
…has a risk for reputation damage (dual-use; tobacco; unhealthy food; …); or
…is aimed at exploitation or transfer of ownership of Intellectual Property or faces strongly restricted freedom for publication; or
…is potentially harmful (to the researcher, to research subjects, to the environment, to animals or plants  etc.); or
…involves collection/use of biological material from abroad (Nagoya protocol); or
…involves non-EU countries, or in any other specific circumstances; or
…has a (co-)funder that demands specific additional (ethical) approvals.

In case of doubt choose YES at this question.