jun 24
The Devil Is In The Details. Your Help Is Needed!

In our Task Group 'Data Collaboration’​, we aim at making explicit the various issues the researchers encounter, based on conflicting, or missing, policies; and providing strategies to tackle these. See our pitch​​.


Picture​: Fabrizio Sciami from Terni, Italy [CC BY-SA 2.0]
In our session today we formulated a first logical step, based on an analysis of research projects and their specific issues, a clustering of issues:

A. clusters of issues in collaboration:

​1. all institutes have the same policy - no issue
2. all institutes have different policies - issue: which one to choose; the lead institute, the most strict policy or a mixture of both?
3. some institutes have policies and some not - issue: which one to choose; the lead institute, the most strict policy?
4. no institute has a policy - issue: what to do?

B. subtopics of issues related to policies in collaborative research:

1. standards (metadata / filetypes / syntax / script language / data coding / ISO standards / legal contracts / risk assessments / ethical review / ...)
2. facilities (which platform / service / software) to use (sometimes obligation to use a certain environment by institute X)
3. in general: what does 'open' mean for research data (free online availability / controlled access at data hubs / ...) ?
4. in general: how long (and where (geographically)) should researchers retain research data (raw data / primary data / ...) ?
5. in general: if a policy exists; how to practically implement the policy (are the facilities / tools available and ready to be used by researchers (how to access the facilitie(s)) and tools)?

C. On a meta level (A & B) combined

1. which standards / facilities / tools / contracts to choose and why? For instance related to specific topics security / privacy / intellectual property rights / etc. 

Our two questions to you:

1.a. Do you recognise the topics mentioned above as relevant in the context of collaborative research projects? 1.b. What seems to be missing in the list?

2.a. Could you provide to us, either below in the comments, or by email to marlon.domingus@eur.nl, a specific example you encountered in a research project, as specific as you can be, related to one or more issues identified above? 2.b. Did you solve the issue; how?

Please provide your information no later than July 17 2019, for it will enable us to use it in our next Task Group session on July 24 2019.

The examples you provide shall contribute immensely to the shared goal we have set: understanding barriers for collaborative research projects, as a result of unaligned policies (institutional / national / research funder / …), and defining strategies to lift these barriers where possible.

Many thanks!

On behalf of the Task Group

Marlon Domingus (EUR), Peter Hinrich (SURF), M​onic Hodes (UU), Patrick Hoetink (UT), Wouter Kool (LEI), Sonja Meeuwsen (LUMC), Judith Pijnacker (SURF), Jan Rijnders (RU), Jacquelijn Ringersma (WUR), Jolien Scholten (VU), Ingeborg Verheul (LCRDM), Yan Wang (TUD), ​Iza Witkowska (UU)


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