Since the coming into effect of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), humanities researchers have been unsure about how to do certain parts of their research while considering their subjects’ right to privacy. For this reason, a tool to manage data privacy issues was an urgent demand of the research community. The DARIAH working group ELDAH (“Ethics and Legality in Digital Arts and Humanities”) decided to fill this gap by developing the “Consent Form Wizard” (CFW).

This tool enables researchers to correctly approach the management of personal data in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. After responding to a series of questions, researchers receive a standardized consent form template for collecting consent from data subjects in DH projects (e.g. from visitors of scientific events, survey participants, etc.). The provided consent forms are valid throughout the entire European Union and therefore serve the entire DARIAH and DH community. 

The wizard was developed by the ACDH-CH in cooperation with the Centre for Information Modelling of the University of Graz and the Croatian Academy of Sciences / DARIAH-HR. The project was funded by CLARIAH-AT and DARIAH-EU.



Vanessa Hannesschläger