In the course of implementing the DSGVO in Austria, the question has arisen, as with data from so-called registers – i. Data collections generated by the state in the context of its sovereign activity. These data (for example, health data of the main association, unemployment insurance data, etc.) form an important part of public administration and political governance. But they were so far hardly structured research accessible. The implementation of the GDPR in the area of ??research was regulated by the Federal Government in the Research Organization Act (FOG), which also forms an important legal framework for evaluations in the area of ??RTI. The BMBWF was and is in the lead here to create good framework conditions for research with public registers.
In the course of setting up and implementing the FOG, a platform has been created for this question (www.registerforschung.at), which on the one hand represents the interests of those researchers and institutions for whom the registry data are relevant; On the other hand, it supports ministries and legislators in finding good solutions for all parties. The main organizers of this platform, which currently sees itself as an informal network, are Harald Oberhofer (WU Vienna, WIFO), Gerhard Schwarz (WIFO), Jesus Crespo (WU Vienna), Thomas König (IHS) and Michael Strassnig (WWTF). At the moment about 130 researchers and stakeholders from 37 institutions in Austria are networked in the platform.