Posted: December 1st, 2015 | Author: Sven | Filed under: German, Projects, Report, Research Data | Tags: Austria, infrastructure | Comments Off on Austria: New report “Researchers and their Data” published
A solid research data management system is the foundation of cooperative, open research. In addition such a system fosters reproducibility and verifiability of research.
This topic is relevant and up-to-date for researchers, funding bodies and senior posts of scientific institutions, which is currently also underpinned by the pilot for research data of the European Commission.
In this context, the project e-Infrastructures Austria has just released a report that provides an overview of an Austria-wide survey on research data. The survey was carried out at the beginning of 2015. It was directed at the scientific and artistic-scientific personnel of all 21 public universities and three extramural research institutions in Austria.
The project received 3026 completed questionnaires, which is equivalent to an average response rate of 9 %. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 30th, 2015 | Author: Sven | Filed under: found on the net, Report | Tags: Knowledge Exchange, research identifiers | Comments Off on New KE-Report: Researcher identifiers – National approaches to ORCID and ISNI implementation
Knowledge Exchange (KE) – a collaboration between five national organisations, DFG – the German Research Foundation, JISC , DEFF – Denmark’s Electronic Research Library, SURF – the ICT organisation for Dutch higher education and research and CSC – the IT Centre for Science in Finland- has just released a new report on research identifiers.
In June 2015, KE brought together representatives from its five member countries for a Knowledge Exchange Workshop on National approaches to ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) and ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier) implementation. The aim of the workshop was to share national perspectives on ORCID and ISNI, including the challenges, solutions and lessons learned with regards to implementation of ORCID and ISNI on a national scale. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 28th, 2015 | Author: Sven | Filed under: German, journals, Opinion, Report | Tags: ethics, German Council of Science and Humanities | Comments Off on German Council of Science and Humanities publishes Recommendations on Scientific Integrity
Yesterday, the German council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) published a 54-page position paper on scientific integrity (unfortunately in German only). In a press release the scientific body stated:
“Prosperity and development of modern societies today depend to a large extent on the quality and progress of scientific knowledge. Therefore it is important that the public can trust in the ethical and quality standards of the scientific community. Cases of fraud and misconduct – particularly major fraud and plagiarism scandals – undermine that trust. In response to such cases of fraud and loss of confidence many scientific organisations have published rules and guidelines dedicated to a Good Scientific Practice in the last few years. The German council of Science and Humanities now has adopted a position paper and recommendations on scientific integrity.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 25th, 2015 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Data Sharing, Report | Tags: data citation, reputation | 1 Comment »
Academic data sharing is a way for researchers to collaborate and thereby meet the needs of an increasingly complex research landscape. It enables researchers to verify results and to pursuit new research questions with “old” data.
It is therefore not surprising that data sharing is advocated by funding agencies, journals and researchers alike. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 13th, 2014 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Data Sharing, Report | Tags: incentives, Knowledge Exchange | Comments Off on New KE-Publication: “Sowing the seed” #Update
A few days ago, Knowledge Exchange (KE) – a cooperation of five national funding organisations (DFG, Surf, DEFF, CSC and JISC) – has just released a new publication, titled “Sowing the seed: Incentives and motivations for sharing research data, a researchers’ perspective.”
This qualitative study has gathered evidence, examples and opinions on current and future incentives for research data sharing from the researchers’ point of view, in order to provide recommendations for policy and practice development on how best to incentivize data access and re-use.
Incentives and motivations ask for development of a data infrastructure with rich context where research data, papers and other outputs or resources are jointly available within a single data resource. Different types of data sharing and research disciplines need to be acknowledged. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 16th, 2014 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Report, Research Data | Tags: Germany, infrastructure, RDM, University | Comments Off on German’s Rector Conference recommends RDM as strategic task for university directorates
In a suggestion published a few days ago, the general meeting of the German’s Rector Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK), a voluntary association of currently 268 state and state-recognised universities and other higher education institutions (HEI) in Germany at which more than 94 per cent of all students in Germany are registered), has advised university directorates to take the necessary steps to support research data management, crosslinking and long-term preservation of and access to research data. For these important tasks suitable infrastructure components are required – a task the German’s Rector Conference also suggests the university directorates to be responsible for.
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Posted: January 17th, 2014 | Author: Sven | Filed under: found on the net, Report | Tags: Knowledge Exchange | Comments Off on Knowledge Exchange released Discussion paper on Open Knowledge
Knowledge Exchange (KE) – a cooperation of five national funding organisations (DFG, Surf, DEFF, CSC and JISC) – has been founded in 2005 to improve the digital infrastructure for information and communication technology as it relates to the research and university library sectors. Since 2005 KE is very active in multiple areas. These areas are clearly intended to encourage open access to the tools of science and scholarship for the higher education and research communities. They also contribute toward building an integrated e-infrastructure and exploring new developments in the future of publishing. There is a specific focus is on the development of storage, accessibility and quality assurance of digitally published research data. Another area of activity is directed at exploring effective investment in research tools (like interoperability standards; research data; research tools and sustainable business models for Open Access. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 1st, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: EDaWaX, Report | Tags: RDM, research data centres, WP3 | 2 Comments »
Our project currently has published the results of our work package 3 in which we analyzed the role of research data centres with regard to management of publication-related research data. This working paper presents the results of a survey among these scientific infrastructure service providers.
By conducting a desk research and an online survey, we found out that almost three quarters of all responding research data centres, archives and libraries generally store externally generated research data – what also applies to publication-related data.
Almost 75% of all respondents also store and host the code of computation (the syntax of statistical analyses). If self-compiled software components have been used to generate research outputs, only 40% of all respondents accept these software components for storing and hosting.
Eight in ten institutions also stated that they are taking specific actions for digital long-term preservation of their data. In regard to the documentation of stored and hosted research data almost 70% of all respondents claimed to use the metadata schema of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI); Dublin Core was used by 30 percent (multiple answers were permitted). Almost two thirds also used persistent identifiers to facilitate citation of these datasets. Three in four respondents also stated to support researchers in creating metadata for their data. Application programming interfaces (APIs) for uploading or searching datasets currently have not been implemented by any of the respondents yet. Little widespread is the use of semantic technologies like RDF.
A German version of the paper is also available.
Photo: S. Vlaeminck. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 DE
Posted: October 29th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Data Sharing, Report, Research Data | Tags: access to data, Data Sharing, European Commission, Open Data | Comments Off on European Commission held public Consultation on Open Research Data
The European Commission (EC) held a public consultation on open research data. For that purpose the Commission invited stakeholders from various branches and researchers, the industry, funders, libraries, publishers, infrastructure developers and other stakeholders joined the meeting on 2 July in Brussels.
The commission posed five questions to structure the debate. These questions included basic questions like “how research data can be defined?”. But a lion’s share of the questions dealt with the “openness” of data: What types of data should be openly available? When and how does openness need to be limited?
In addition other important questions from the perspective of infrastructure service providers were mentioned. How should research data be stored and made accessible? How should the issue of data re-use be addressed? And finally a question I personally characterize as a very important topic: How can we enhance data awareness and a culture of data sharing?
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Posted: October 11th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Conference, EDaWaX, Report | Tags: Research Data, research paper | Comments Off on EDaWaX: State of affairs
As you might have noticed, currently I don’t have much time to publish new articles on the blog. The reason is that our project is currently publishing a lot of the results we achieved in the course of the last two years.
One of these publications has been published yesterday – it is a nice summary of the project’s main results, but still not all of them. The paper “Replizierbare Forschung in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften erhöhen – Eine Herausforderung für wissenschaftliche Infrastrukturdienstleister” is available online. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 28th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: found on the net, Report | Tags: European Commission, open access, Open Data | Comments Off on European Commission: Open access to research publications reaching ‘tipping point’…but what about the data?
The European Commission (EC) has released a press statement in which the EC claimed that “the global shift towards making research findings available free of charge for readers—so-called ‘open access’ is reaching ‘tipping point’.”
This enthusiastic view of the Commission is based on three studies that that have been funded by the EC:
One study analysed the growth of open access publications, a second evaluated the strategies of funders to enforce open access and the a third addressed open access to scientific data. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 23rd, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: found on the net, German, Report | Tags: infrastructure, Research Data | 1 Comment »
The German project RADIESCHEN / radish (Rahmenbedingungen einer disziplinübergreifenden Forschungsdateninfrastruktur /Framework for an inter-disciplinary research data infrastructure) has published the project’s synthesis in English. The objective of this DFG-funded project was the development of a roadmap and recommendations for a multi-disciplinary research data infrastructure in Germany.
The project team identified requirements for generic components of existing infrastructures and potential for cross-linking of multi-disciplinary components. The resulting analysis is based on a survey of existing and new projects and includes measures for community building. Key aspects of the analysis are the technical components of the infrastructure, the cost model and the investigation of cross-disciplinary topics.
Photo: “Lachdieschen” by dwarslöper / flickr.com. License: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 DE
Posted: April 16th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Report, Workshop | Tags: Knowledge Exchange, Report, Research Data | 1 Comment »
Last week I’ve been in Berlin and took part in the workshop “Making Data Count: Research data availability and research assessment” hosted by Knowledge Exchange (KE), a 2005 established cooperation between five research funders.
The aim of the workshop was to bring experts and stakeholders from research institutions, universities, scholarly societies and funding agencies together in order to review, discuss and build on possibilities to implement the culture of sharing and to integrate publication of data into research assessment procedures. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: journals, Report | Tags: academic publishing, Citation, recommendations, supplements | Comments Off on NISO and NFAIS publish Recommended Practice on Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the National Federation for Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) have published a new Recommended Practice on Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials (NISO RP-15-2013).
Supplemental materials are increasingly being added to journal articles, but until now there has been no recognized set of practices to guide in the selection, delivery, discovery, and preservation of these materials.
To address this gap, NISO and NFAIS jointly sponsored an initiative to establish best practices that would provide guidance to publishers and authors for management of supplemental materials and would address related problems for librarians, abstracting and indexing services, and repository administrators.
The Supplemental Materials project involved two teams working in tandem: one to address business practices and one to focus on technical issues. This new publication is the combined outcome of the two groups’ work.
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Posted: October 12th, 2012 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Report | Tags: data management, Report, Research Data | Comments Off on GESIS publishes “Guidelines for the Management of Research Data – Social Sciences Survey Data”
GESIS – the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences has just released the technical report “Guidelines for the management of research data – social sciences survey data.”
The report is available in German only, but the eighty pages thick document covers a lot of important topics:
Starting with some general recommendations for the exploration of the data available at an institution and issues of privacy protection and responsibility for research data, the report also provides a useful checklist for the management of research data in the first chapter.
Other chapters deal with organisational and technical aspects of data preparation and documentation (chapter 2) or organisational and technical issues of safeguarding data and documents (chapter 3).
Chapter 4 discusses metadata standards, focussing on DDI (Data Documentation Initiative) and persistent identificators (DOI -> da|ra, DataCite). Chapter 5 covers perpetual access to research data and some legal questions. The report concludes with an overview of the services GESIS provides for the management of research data, e.g. digital long-term preservation.