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There is now a single contact point for research support staff from the Faculties of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Humanities, and Governance and Global Affairs who have complex interdisciplinary questions about research data. This will make it easier to find answers to such questions.

The pilot was launched because it is becoming more common for researchers and research support staff to have questions about research data that cannot be answered from a single area of expertise. The questions are often about topics where account has to be taken of data management, privacy, security and ethical, academic and legal aspects.

Ask your question
If you have such a question and are a member of the research support staff at one of the faculties above, you use this form on the Helpdesk Portal to submit your question. A team of staff from different areas of expertise will provide an answer. Please note: staff from the other faculties cannot use this form because these faculties are not part of the pilot.

The pilot will run until the end of October 2022. The process will be evaluated afterwards.

International collaboration in academia brings not only opportunities but also risks. Take, for example, knowledge misuse or theft, ethical issues relating to the use of research results or interference that could influence our academic freedom. Not every discipline is an equal target for knowledge theft, external influence or illegitimate knowledge transfer. This makes it important to weigh up the opportunities and risks. To help you answer complex questions about knowledge security, we now have a Knowledge Security Helpdesk. You can contact the helpdesk with questions such as:

  • Can international collaboration also lead to illegitimate knowledge transfer?
  • Is there a risk of covert influence or academic freedom being undermined?
  • Are there ethical issues relating to the collaboration? For instance, could the research results be misused in the partner’s country?

Although the helpdesk is there for everyone’s questions, you should first discuss knowledge security with your manager, ethics committee or data steward. If you are still unsure, the helpdesk will be happy to help. If necessary, the helpdesk can also request information (which is not necessarily publicly available) from the government or intelligence service via the National Contact Point for Knowledge Security.

This Knowledge Security Helpdesk was set up following a decision by The Universities of The Netherlands that all of the Dutch universities should have such a helpdesk. Although it is not a direct result of the LRS programme, we would like to draw attention to the helpdesk, nonetheless.

Contact: adviespuntkv@bb.leidenuniv.nl

This Knowledge Security Helpdesk is not part of the LRS programme, but we would like to bring it to the attention of the Research Support Network. 

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