Software tool to help with rules for legally compliant data sharing
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What is it about?
The most important prerequisite for efficient and legally compliant data sharing for research purposes is to guide researchers through the many requirements associated with the sharing of human health data. For this purpose we developed an interactive tool, the Legal Assessment Tool (LAT) that provides researchers interactively with a selection process to provide applicable requirements and recommendations for data access and legally compliant data sharing. A knowledge base was created based on the analysis of data access and sharing conditions of different major research databases in Europe.
Why is it important?
We applied a novel approach that circumvented the problems of legal reasoning for data sharing of personal data. To gather necessary legal and regulatory prerequisites for data sharing we employed concepts from computer science: legal requirement clusters enable legal interoperability between databases for the areas of data protection, data security, Intellectual Property (IP) and security of biosample data. In general, to create applicable rules legal texts need to be interpreted. To avoid this complicated step, we focused on the extraction of access rules and conditions from all data providers involved in the building of data bridges between Europe’s most important research databases. Thereby we moved one step beyond the legal reasoning and use access rules that constitute for themselves valid interpretations of legal requirements.
The following have contributed to this page: Wolfgang Kuchinke