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    “Re-purposing” data in the Digital Humanities: Data beg to be taken from one context and transferred to another.

“Re-purposing” data in the Digital Humanities: Data beg to be taken from one context and transferred to another.

While scientists may be well-versed in drawing on existing data sources for new research, humanists are not conditioned to chop up another scholar’s argument, isolate a detail and put it into an unrelated argument. Seth Long critically examines the practice of re-purposing data and finds data in the digital humanities beg to be re-purposed, taken from one context and […]

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    Mind the gap in data reuse: Sharing data is necessary but not sufficient for future reuse.

Mind the gap in data reuse: Sharing data is necessary but not sufficient for future reuse.

The changing cultural norms about open science and government mandates encouraging open data have influenced the increasing availability of research data. Limor Peer reports back from a recent conference involving leading voices in the scholarly community involved with facilitating data sharing and grappling with the challenges of data reuse. Peer argues the first step is to acknowledge data reuse is a problem, but remains optimistic that […]

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    The specter of big data is haunting the world, but has the data revolution already occurred?

The specter of big data is haunting the world, but has the data revolution already occurred?

Changes to the supply and demand of data are restructuring privileged hierarchies of knowledge, with amateur hackers and machine-readable technology becoming a central part of its analysis. Traditional experts may be hoping for a gradual evolution, but a parallel revolution led by practitioners in the private sector may already be underway. Prasanna Lal Das argues that partnerships will need to incorporate […]

Data Citation and Sharing: What’s in it for me?

Research funders, data managers, librarians, journal editors and researchers themselves are calling for a change in the culture of research to ensure formal data citation is the norm, rather than the exception. Sarah Callaghan looks at the reasons for and against a more fluid data environment and finds that as well as being good for science, data sharing is also good for […]

On the Harvard Dataverse Network Project – an open-source tool for data sharing

The Harvard Dataverse Network is an open-source platform that facilitates data sharing. Samuel Moore outlines how this customisable initiative might be adopted by journals, disciplines and individuals. I am a huge fan of grass-roots approaches to scholarly openness. Successful community-led initiatives tend to speak directly to that community’s need and can grow by attracting interest from members on the fringes […]

How to find an appropriate research data repository.

As more and more funders and journals adopt data policies that require researchers to deposit underlying research data in a data repository, the question over where to store this data and how to choose a repository becomes more and more important. Heinz Pampel is one of the people behind re3data.org, an Open Science tool that helps researchers to easily identify a suitable repository […]

Researchers, publishers, libraries and data centres all have a role in promoting and encouraging data citation.

The key to verifying and validating research is the identification and access of datasets. But cultural and behavioural barriers to sharing data are still widespread. Rachael Kotarski, the Content Expert for scientific datasets at the British Library, explains why citing data, as well as the article, is the way forward. Data are not necessarily fixed, stable or homogenous objects, so citing them […]

A replicated study on nuclear proliferation shows the critical necessity of reviewing accepted scientific results.

In replicating a 2009 study on the role of asymmetric nuclear weapons possession, Mark Bell and Nicholas Miller found that a computational error led to the overestimation of the deterrent effect of nuclear weapons by a factor of several million. It is only through constant re-evaluation of scholarly findings that scholars can reach sufficiently robust conclusions that merit the attention of policymakers. […]

Data repositories are expanding their role to ensure quality of reproducible research.

A well-curated data repository is more than a place to put data. Drawing from the experience of the ISPS Data Archive, Limor Peer shows the research community has much to gain from a repository that reviews to ensure quality and reproducibility of the data. Stewardship of data in this context may be more labour intensive but ultimately provides better quality, […]

The longstanding culture in the social sciences of making data accessible is one to value

Evidence-based social policy depends on access to rich supplies of high-quality data. But how can we create, curate, enrich and reuse data already collected by government departments and researchers? James Nazroo and Matthew Woollard of the UK Data Service explore the network of trust and expertise that ensures a cost-effective pipeline of productive, policy-relevant data. James Nazroo, a Deputy Director […]

Some answers to the most common misconceptions about sharing research data

There has been renewed enthusiasm in recent weeks for greater data-sharing practices in the social sciences, due in no small part to the Reinhart-Rogoff controversy. Here, data curation specialist Carly Strasser provides answers to some frequently asked questions from those still sceptical about breaking down the technical, practical, and theoretical barriers to data sharing. If you are a fan of […]

Participant confidentiality and open access to research data

While protecting human subjects’ confidentiality is a long-standing practice in the social sciences, new types of digital datasets present new challenges. Tensions between privacy and openness were explored in the recent International Digital Curation Conference. Limor Peer reflects on the session she chaired on participant confidentiality in a time of open research data. While community efforts on establishing best practice are well […]

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