You don't know what you don't know: ethics and participant consent issues for eResearch users

Ostini, Jenny and Gacenga, Francis and Pocock, Celmara and Whiteside, Eliza (2014) You don't know what you don't know: ethics and participant consent issues for eResearch users. In: eResearch Australasia 2014 Conference: Towards Unified Global Research, 27-31 Oct 2014, Melbourne, Australia.

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This paper shares the experiences of researchers and research support teams to enable eResearch that is ethically sound, particularly with regard to the consent of research participants. A key goal of eResearch is to use compute and data intensive infrastructure and collaborative approaches supported by advanced ICTs (HPC, Cloud Storage, Collaborative tools and High Speed networks) to enable data sharing and re-use. This paper shares the practical challenges and solutions from the perspectives of researchers and research support teams at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and poses questions and suggestions on ethics dilemmas such as ensuring that research participants have consented to share the data collected on them with other researchers. A collaborative and consultative approach involving teams in the USQ Office of Research, the USQ Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Chair, the ICT Service Division and Library Services division resulted in successful outcomes for researchers.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2014 04:33
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 03:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethics; eResearch; participant consent; research support; USQ
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences

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