Case Statements




This is the subgroup of the RDA-COVID-19 working group focusing on Social Sciences.


Scope (economics, sociology, political science, education, demography, geography, and psychology), data topics: 

  • Social Isolation and Social Distancing
  • Family and Intergenerational Relationships
  • Quality of Life and Well Being
  • Health Behaviors and Behavior Change
  • Health Disparities
  • Impact on Vulnerable Populations (including immigrants, minority groups)
  • Community Impact and Neighbourhood Effects
  • Transportation; Food Security
  • Beliefs, Attitudes, Misinformation, Public Opinion
  • Technology-Mediated Communication (public information campaigns; social media use)
  • Economic Impacts (including industry, work, unemployment)
  • Organizational Change
  • Social Inequalities and Discrimination
  • Education Impacts (including online learning)
  • Political Dynamics, Policy Approaches, and Government Expenditure
  • Criminal Justice (including domestic violence, prison populations, cybercrime)
  • Human Mobility and Migration (including dislocation)


Work Plan:

  • Weekly meetings with sub-group: on Thursdays at 11am UTC in June-July at, agenda & minutes from the previous meetings

  • Recorded first meetings

  • First writing sprint 4/13 

    • Co-writing & Discussion (Data Collections; Metadata, Standards & Data Quality)

  • Additional writing sprints

    • 4/15 Legal & Ethical; Data Sharing and LT Preservation; Data management responsibilities and resources

    • 4/17 11am UTC (Data Collections; Metadata, Standards & Data Quality; Storage)
    • 4/20 10am - 12am UTC (Legal & Ethical; Data Sharing and Preservation; Data management responsibilities and resources)


RDA COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations:

The current draft of the "RDA COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations" can be found in the Outputs section of the main COVID-19 WG webpage.

Questions for public consultations (comments period is over):

  • Are there any specific types of data that require different types of recommendations / currently not covered by these recommendations?
  • Do you have any recommendations for collecting and sharing data from vulnerable groups and indigenous populations? Which measures could be put in place not to further enhance vulnerability?
  • How to deal with the knock-on effect of social media studies (e.g. unintended involvement in spontaneous communities/networks)?
  • What kind of guidance is needed around the use and reuse of data about networks collected from contact tracing efforts which are inherently about social relationships? Any suggestions about the approaches to avoid unintended consequences of sharing data?  
  • Has COVID-19 altered how we define what constitutes sensitive information thereby requiring different human subject protections?
  • Is remote work hampering access to necessary data in physical enclaves? How could we address this better in our recommendations?
  • Is new kind of training needed for increased awareness of sensitivity and unintended consequences that may come with open data? Please suggest some areas for such training, including the need for cross-disciplinary training.