In the era of big data, the impact of the information society on research is increasingly evident in every scientific sector both for “hard” and social sciences. The ethical and legal problems in research were central even before the transformation of every scientific investigation into data-intensive research. The growing role of ethics & law for any research determines practical consequences in the design and organization of scientific and technological activities as well as in the submission, presentation, and management of research projects.
Over the years, our team has developed considerable theoretical and practical expertise in investigating the ethical-legal components related to the dignity of the individuals (e.g., for the protection of personal data, or for the risk of discrimination, or for the involvement of vulnerable individuals, informed consent and research policies), their safety (e.g., environmental, security, safety issues), the security and management of information (e.g., profiles related to intellectual property, misuse, dual use, data management plans), the protection and promotion of their intellectual work and creativity (e.g., the application of copyright rules in the digital environment, new trends of collaboration and coauthorship), and the related societal issues concerning access to knowledge and cultural implications (e.g. the safeguard of access to science by disabled and vulnerable users) as essential elements of a scientific proposal and its implementation.
According to Aristotele, ETHOS is one of the three main pillars (together with Pathos and Logos) of the Rhetoric: it means to be credible. Our twofold expertise, in fact, does not only reflect in our scientific outputs (see publications below), but also in the collaboration, drafting, implementation, and management of research projects in the EU and national sphere to make them credible.
Research expertise currently refer to:
- Data protection
- Ethics issues arising from the involvement of human subjects in scientific research
- Volunteers participation in social and medical research
- Research misuse
- Environment, safety
- Dual use
- IP & Research Data Management
- Copyright law
- Open access.
We address the current ethical legal challenges “by design”, combining regulation, standardization, and compliance activities tailored to the main purposes of a given research.