Cologne, Germany

Preparing Data for Re-use: A Practical Guide to Processing and Documenting your Data for Sharing

when 3 August 2017 - 4 August 2017
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 100

Re-use of research data becomes increasingly important in social science research. Not only is replicability of research data and research findings considered an integral part of good scientific practice. The European Commission and more and more national research funders also require an active data management to ensure that data is of high quality and can be re-used by researchers for new research purposes.

The re-usability of research data hinges on a number of factors, including the way the data is processed but also how relevant legal aspects such as copyright and data protection are addressed. Researchers thus have to ensure that no legal barriers to re-using the data exist and that re-use of the data is not hindered by messy, sloppily documented data. Both - addressing legal issues and generating clean and well-documented research data - are prerequisites of re-usability and sharing as this enables others researchers to legally re-use the data as well as to understand it in the context of their own research purposes.

Course leader

Dr. Sebastian Netscher, GESIS Producer Relations and Outreach Team and Dr. Anja Perry, GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany.

Course aim

The workshop helps researchers ensure that their research data is re-usable and can be safely made available to others - both for the purpose of research replication and for re-use in new contexts. For this purpose the workshop focuses on legal issues of data collection and sharing, as well as on basic concepts of data cleaning and data documentation.

Fee info

EUR 100: Student/PhD student rate.
EUR 140: Academic/non-profit rate.
The rates include the tuition fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities and coffee/tea.