Bart Devoldere becomes a member of the NORC Data Enclave research group

Vlerick researcher Bart Devoldere has recently become an official member of the NORC Data Enclave research group. He owes his membership to winning a Kauffman Foundation research grant.

The NORC Data Enclave provides a confidential, protected environment within which authorised researchers can access sensitive microdata remotely. While public use data can be disseminated in a variety of ways, there is a more limited range of options for disseminating sensitive microdata that have not been fully de-identified for public use. The NORC Data Enclave provides partner organisations a secure platform where they can both host and build a research community around their datasets. Such a community is the first step in developing a core body of knowledge about the data, fostering replication of research, and ensuring that research based on the data is acceptable to academic journals and policymakers. Enclave researchers are provided with a research environment, that features discussion forums, wikis, blogs, and instant messaging. These environments facilitate collaboration amongst geographically dispersed researchers, helping them share information and develop a knowledge infrastructure around the data.

Bart Devoldere: “The NORC Data Enclave – better known as the Kauffman Firm Survey – is important to be able to do research on how young (especially technological) companies are organised and how successful they are during their first years of existence. As for me in particular, I’m doing research on how start-ups can make use of their location and how they can respond to present spillovers in the field of knowledge and human capital in their proximity. This longitudinal survey offers a unique insight into how starting companies organise their HR, which functional domains they mainly invest in (sales, R&D, HR, etc.), specific qualities of the owner, and how companies attract capital, just to name a few.”

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