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The Research Data Centre (RDC) in the Cloud

Presenter 1
Ingo Barkow
German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)
Presenter 2
David Schiller
Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

IT processes in Research Data Centers need extensive administrative resources especially if there is also service for external customers like remote access or remote execution users. Some of those issues could be solved by external cloud services. This means all metadata and research data are shifted from the internal data center to an outside provider who guarantees high service levels, redundancy and availability. Nevertheless the challenge of handing out the data causes legal and technological challenges. This presentation will discuss those implications from scientific and technical sides with the examples of the German situation considering limitations provided by the data protection laws and other regulations. Furthermore, we will also discuss how this change in paradigm and especially the advantages can be communicated to data producers, decision makers, research data institutions, data archives and scientists as additionally we predict a lot of mistrust in cloud-based external data hosting.

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