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Promotion of the Humanities and Social Sciences

In recent years, while open access to research data and articles has been encouraged, clarification of digital content's rights and protection of personal information has become increasingly important. In the humanities and social sciences, where human activities are the subject, many research contents are difficult to publish due to licensing, confidentiality, and privacy information.
To promote the utilization of research data in the humanities and social sciences, we are researching ways to handle such difficult-to-publish content. We are developing a function to share research content using the NII Research Data Cloud.

Use of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Data

For researchers to use research data in the humanities and social sciences, it is necessary to look up the institutions that publish research data and search for the research data that meets their needs in each institution's repository. As an environment for centrally exploring each institution's research data, we are developing Japan Data Catalog for the Humanities and Social Sciences (JDCat) on behalf of the Project for Promotion of the Construction of a Data Infrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
JDCat will be open to the public from April 2021 and allow users to search for research data from institutions in Japanese humanities and social sciences using advanced search and faceted search. This catalog can provide a search environment for research data, which will promote the utilization of research data in research and education fields and cross-disciplinary research that combines social surveys, government statistics, and historical documents.

Provide Research Content Only to Users Who Meet the Requirements

There are some contents of research data that are not desirable to share through public disclosure. In medicine and social sciences, from the perspective of protecting human research subjects' privacy, research data is not made available for anyone to access, but only to users who meet the conditions. This type of research content provision is called restricted access, and more than 40% of the world's research data repositories support this type of content provision.
In this service, we have researched the restricted publication/restricted sharing workflows in each academic field and implemented restricted publication workflows for various academic fields in WEKO. By using this function, research data used in peer-reviewed papers can be made available only to reviewers, and research data containing confidential/privacy information can be made available only to users who meet the conditions.