Case Statements




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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)

The Outputs

The RDA-COVID-19 WG, from April 1st through June 30th, 2020, created more than five releases of the recommendations and guidelines, leading to the final endorsed version, "RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines for Data Sharing," with ongoing efforts to add and review materials.

Citation:  RDA COVID-19 Working Group. Recommendations and Guidelines on data sharing. Research Data Alliance, 2020. DOI:


Joint Statements

Work Plan:

  • Weekly meetings with sub-group: on Thursdays at 11am UTC 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)