Journal article

Digital Mega-Studies as a New Research Paradigm: Governing the Health Research of the Future.

Jessica Bell, Megan Prictor, Lauren Davenport, Lynda O'Brien, Melissa Wake

J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics | Published : 2021


'Digital Mega-Studies' are entirely or extensively digitised, longitudinal, population-scale initiatives, collecting, storing, and making available individual-level research data of different types and from multiple sources, shaped by technological developments and unforeseeable risks over time. The Australian 'Gen V' project exemplifies this new research paradigm. In 2019, we undertook a multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder process to map Digital Mega-Studies' key characteristics, legal and governance challenges and likely solutions. We conducted large and small group processes within a one-day symposium and directed online synthesis and group prioritisation over subsequent weeks. We presen..

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