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INCONECSS Community Meetings Focussing on Research Data

Every three months, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics invites you to their INCONECSS Community Meetings where you can delve into current topics in the field of economics and business information and share your experience with others.

The upcoming INCONECSS Community Meetings will take place on:

Sep 27, 2021: Research Data: Representations, Analytics and Visualizations
Dec 13, 2021: Trainings and Games Related to Research Data

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An Integrated Data Framework Guides Policy in Times of Dynamic Economic Shocks

Sudden and unforeseen shocks can cause incalculable and fast-changing economic dynamics to which policy makers need to respond quickly – as we have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, data from traditional statistics that usually guide policy decisions are only available with non-negligible time delays. This leaves policy makers uncertain about how to most effectively manage their economic countermeasures to support businesses.

Given this information deficit, our colleagues from ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research propose a framework that guides policy makers throughout all stages of an unforeseen economic shock by providing timely and reliable data as a basis to make informed decisions. They do so by combining early stage ‘ad hoc’ web analyses, ‘follow-up’ business surveys, and ‘retrospective’ analyses of firm outcomes.

Learn more about the proposed integrated data framework in the recently published discussion paper.

The Mannheim Web Panel introduces novel semi-structured webpage data on company level

Company websites are an important source of economic data and can be used for various scientific approaches, such as predicting firm innovativeness or examining market entry strategies. But the content of those websites changes over time, which requires a continuous monitoring to capture this (change of) information.

For this reason, the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research scrapes the content of corporate websites since 2018 in a panel format, updated every three to six months.

Find out more about the data and how you can access it on our new Mannheim Web Panel page!

Does your data project comply with the privacy protection regulations? iVA helps you to find out

Working with data involves attention to data privacy issues in order to protect the individual. But for researchers it can be very demanding to identify which privacy protection regulation is binding and under which conditions it applies to their own work as legal issues are usually not central to their area of expertise.

To offer researchers and other people working with data an entry point to understand those important privacy law issues, the BERD@BW team developed an interactive Virtual Assistant (iVA). iVA leads you with a series of questions through the regulations and provides a result based on your answers.

BERD@BW: interactive Virtual Assistant (iVA) helps researchers to understand data privacy regulations

The first part of iVA, which examines with you if privacy protection regulations apply to your data project, was recently updated and can be accessed here: (german)

While iVA currently addresses if privacy protection regulations apply to you, we are already working on an extension to cover the issue more profoundly. We are looking forward to present you a second part of iVA, that will let you check if you are allowed to process personal data and what requirements you have to keep in mind.


We are excited that our „big sister“ BERD@NFDI was accepted for funding within the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) starting October 2021. The BERD@NFDI funding gives us the opportunity to lift BERD@BW to the next level and to sustainably develop and build a national cloud-based platform for FAIR Business, Economics and Related Data that reflects the whole data analytics pipeline. Of course, the BERD@BW services will also be accessible through BERD@NFDI. Follow BERD@NFDI on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date.

RaiseWikibase is presented at ESWC 2021

European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) is a major venue on semantic technologies. ESWC 2021 took place online on 6-10 June and had many interesting contributions. BERD was happy to attend ESWC 2021 and to present our new tool RaiseWikibase.

Our poster RaiseWikibase: Fast inserts into the BERD instance was presented by Renat Shigapov. RaiseWikibase is a Python tool for speeding up knowledge graph construction and data integration using Wikibase. In our paper we made performance analysis and showed an example of knowledge graph construction with a few millions of German companies. Take a look at our open source code, one minute video and preprint.

Hungry for a new series of Data Literacy Snacks? – Tell us your favourite topics!

Sadly, the first series of Data Literacy Snacks will soon come to an end with Renat Shigapov’s Snack on Wikibase Knowledge Graphs for Data Management & Data Science (more info) on Wednesday, 23 June, 1pm. But encouraged by the positive feedback, we are already planning to serve another Snack series.

For the new series, you can send us topics from the cosmos of research data management and data literacy, that you would like to hear more about.

Your topic suggestions for the upcoming Data Literacy Snacks series:

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May 26: Looking forward to our next Data Literacy Snack!

Our Online-Micro-Series Data Literacy Snacks started on May 12 with a thrilling presentation by Juli Tkotz. With 65 participants in the session, we experienced a lively discussion on reproducible data analysis and a great demand for the exchange of ideas, concepts and practical workflows. For anyone who missed the session or wants to revisit it, we provide the slides on our website.

We are delighted to engage into three more sessions, the next one taking place on May 26, 1pm CEST about Research Data Management by Irene Schumm and Lorena Steeb. We’re looking forward to see you there!

For registration, please send us an e-mail to and let us know, if you would like to attend the whole series or (which) single events. We will confirm your registration and provide you with the Zoom information shortly before each event.

All data will be treated in compliance with the University of Mannheim Data Protection Declaration. By sending us your registration information, you agree to the processing of the data for the reason of registration according to Art. 6 I a) of the General Data Protection Regulation.