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Castellum — Privacy Compliant Subject Database

Sample sizes for human science research projects as well as the amount of data collected per participant are on the rise. The informative value of data such as genetic data, imaging data, and extensive social and health data makes data protection increasingly challenging.

The Max Planck Society's three-year joint project aims to develop a platform for the management of participant data in accordance with data protection regulations for use in Max Planck Institutes. "Castellum — A Subject Database Meeting Data Protection Standards" sets standards in terms of technical solutions that meet the demands of both data protection and research requirements. The goal is a coordinated central infrastructure for the management of personal data that can replace previous local, sometimes error-prone approaches.

Kick-Off Meeting "Castellum" in Berlin on December 14, 2017

Kick off Meeting Castellum
© Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

Project Stages

The project is being carried out in four stages:

  • Development of a platform prototype (10 months)
  • Implementation and adaptation of the platform to the requirements of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (10 months)
  • Implementation and adaptation of the platform to the requirements of further institutes (10 months)
  • Documentation, certification, and transfer of the platform to the Max Planck Computer and Data Facility (6 months)

Responsible Institutes

Minerva Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

The following Max Planck Institutes are responsible for the development and implementation of the project:

  • Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB)
  • Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (MPIP)
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPICBS)
  • Max Planck Computer and Data Facility (MPCDF)

Further Max Planck Institutes are involved as Early Users or contributing strongly to the development process in the context of a "Coordination Group."

Recent Publications

Schaar, K., & Bennett, L. (2018). Mehr Nachweisepflichten, sichere (technische) Infrastrukturen und transparente Verfahrensregeln. Hochschulen müssen die Verarbeitung von Forschungsdaten durch Inkrafttreten der EU-Datenschutzgrundverordnung (DS-GVO) neujustieren. Hochschulmanagement, 13, 27–34.

Behrendt, C.-A., Pridöhl, H., Schaar, K., Federrath, H., & Debus, E. S. (2017). Klinische Register im 21. Jahrhundert: Ein Spagat zwischen Datenschutz und Machbarkeit. Der Chirurg, 88, 944–949. doi:10.1007/s00104-017-0542-9. Volltext

Schaar, K. (2017). Anpassung von Einwilligungserklärungen für wissenschaftliche Forschungsprojekte. Die informierte Einwilligung nach den Vorgaben der DS-GVO und Ethikrichtlinien. Zeitschrift für Datenschutz (ZD), 5, 213–220. Volltext

Schaar, K. (2017). Die informierte Einwilligung als Voraussetzung für die (Nach-)Nutzung von Forschungsdaten. Beitrag zur Standardisierung von Einwilligungserklärungen im Forschungsbereich unter Einbeziehung der Vorgaben der DS-GVO und Ethikvorgaben (RatSWD Working Paper, 264). Berlin: RatSWD. PDF

Schaar, K. (2016). Was hat die Wissenschaft beim Datenschutz künftig zu beachten? Allgemeine und spezifische Änderungen beim Datenschutz im Wissenschaftsbereich durch die neue Europäische Datenschutzgrundverordnung (RatSWD Working Paper, 257). Berlin: RatSWD. PDF

Schaar, K. (2016). What is important for data protection in science in the future? General and specific changes in data protection for scientific use resulting from the EU General Data Protection Regulation (RatSWD Working Paper, 258) Berlin: RatSWD. PDF

Castellum

Castellum Logo

Team

Project HEad

Sebastian Schröder (MPIB)

Project coordination

Katrin Schaar (MPIB)

Team (MPIB)

Tobias Bengfort
Thomas Feg
Timo Göttel

Team (MPCDF)

Nikolas Fabas
Raphael Ritz
Thomas Zastrow

Team (MPICBS)

Stefan Bunde
Mathias Goldau
Hemuth Hayd
Elke Maeß

Team (MPIP)

Norma Grandi
Benno Pütz
Philipp Sämann
Alina Tontsch

Team (MPIeA)

Cornelius Abel

Team (MPISöF)

Klaus Herfurtner

MPS Data Protection Officer

Heidi Schuster

Participating Max Planck Institutes

MPI for Human Development (MPIB):
Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger

Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF):
Stefan Heinzel

MPI for Human Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences (MPICBS):
Prof. Dr. Angela Friederici (also Vice-President of the MPS)
Prof. Dr. Nikolas Weiskopf

MPI of Psychiatry (MPIP):
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Binder

MPI for Empirical Aesthetics (MPIeA):
Prof. Dr. Winfried Menninghaus

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods:
Prof. Dr. Christoph Engel

MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance (MPISöF):
Prof. Dr. Kai Konrad

Consulting:
Heidi Schuster (MPS Data Protection Officer)

Contact

In case of questions about the project, please contact:

Dr. Katrin Schaar
Scientific Coordinator

Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin
Germany
Tel. +49-30-824 06-386
schaar [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Internal Links / Information

Internal information for project participants can be found in the Castellum-Wiki.

Registration is necessary. Thomas Feg can provide details.