Short Course E: Open Science and Open Data

Lecturers: Sebastian Netscher, Anja Perry, Anna Schwickerath

Date: 20-21 August 2018
09:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00

Short Course Description:

Data sharing and re-usability of research data is of increasing importance in quantitative social science. Not only is transparency and replicability of research data and research findings considered an integral part of good scientific practice. In addition, more and more funders, like the European Commission, and Journals require Open Data of high quality that can be re-used by researchers for replication as well as for new (research) purposes.

Ensuring transparency in research is not only a matter of creating new research data, but also of re-using already existing information. The workshop focuses on the idea of Open Science and Open Data, taking data creation as well as data re-use into account. On the one hand, it introduces the FAIR principles to guide researchers in creating re-usable research data. On the other hand, the workshop discusses the re-use of already existing research data and relevant aspects to keep in mind, working with intellectual property of others. With regard to secondary data analyses, the workshop introduces a (free) tool that helps researchers in the process of harmonizing and documenting their data. The workshop furthermore discusses aspects of legal and analytical re-usability as well as of replicability of research findings, in terms of Open Codes, e.g. in the context of data harmonization.

This workshop is supported by FOSTER Plus (H2020 grant number: 741839), SERISS (H2020 grant number: 654221), and the CESSDA Training Working Group.

Course Prerequisites:

Participants should be experienced in conducting and (re-)using quantitative research data and be well-versed in using one of the main statistical software packages, such as Stata, SPSS or R.

Target Group:

Participants will find the course useful if they

  • conduct quantitative social science research and want to create Open Data or to gain basic knowledge on how to meet the funders’ requirements for Open Science;
  • re-use already existing data and want to increase transparency in research data and research findings

Course and Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be familiar with the idea of Open Science and its basic principles
  • Know about the idea of FAIR Data and how to produce it
  • Have gained knowledge of obstacles and conditions when re-using existing data (secondary data analyses)
  • Have gained insights into a number of guidance tools that will support them in the process of introducing Open Science elements to their research

Organizational Structure of the Course:

The course is a full-time course, consisting of 7 hours of group instruction (presentations, exercises and discussions) per day (including a one-hour lunch break).

Software and Hardware Requirements: