Posted by: bluesyemre | July 17, 2013

Seven rules of successful research data management in universities

Data Base (sculpture). Words cut into an Oxford English Dictionary using a laser


  • The availability of research data – the digital data or analogue sources that underpin research findings – is high on the agenda of higher education policy makers, funders and researchers committed to open practice. Sound research rests on the ability to evidence, verify and reproduce results. If this sounds obvious, the practice of making reseach data available is surprisingly limited. Take the recent case of the 2010 Reinhart-Rogoff paper on economic growth that was found to contain errors and the exclusion of some data that significantly undermined the results. The results were published in a prestigious journal, the American Economic Review, that seemingly failed to enforce its own data availability policy, which meant it was only this year that these errors were discovered.

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