The Rebecca J. Holz Series in Research Data Management commemorates Research Data Services co-founder Rebecca Holz, who passed away unexpectedly in 2011.
Each talk will be held on a Wednesday from noon-1pm in Memorial Library 126. We invite you to bring your lunch!
Like to talk about your data? Have a topic you’d like us to present on? Please contact the RDS Outreach Committee.
To view previous presentations in the Holz series, check out our archive.
Confidentiality and Geographic Data in Health Research
Matt Moehr, Survey of the Health of Wisconsin | UW-Madison
Researchers have long known that geographic location is an important part of public health. However, precise geographic locations of people are usually restricted due to concerns of confidentiality. In this talk I will review the IRB and HIPAA regulations around geographical identifiers, and ask questions about balancing risks with the potential benefits from research. I will share examples from public health research and my experience working at the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin that demonstrate the challenges in finding this balance.