Digital Technology Workshop
In February 2013, the OSTP memo titled, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research” raised awareness and spurred fast initiatives to provide infrastructure to support open scientific publications and research data for researchers across the globe. In a short period of time, millions of data files were opened to the global public.
For analysts (scientists) of data, including those interested in Asian studies, the increasing global success of open data has raised challenges in the identification of “usable research data” and in identifying data sharing options that will most benefit the researcher. Imagine you are a scientist and you successfully find a research project with the desired data for your study of Asia; the data repository presents you with four data files and several survey questionnaires for download. Which file should be used? Which survey was the final version that should be paired with the data file? Why don’t the response codes match? Were there oversamples of certain geographic areas of Asia? Is that a respondent address in the data file and should it have been shared? What articles using these data have been published? And for those that have shared their data, how many researchers are reusing my data and what publications is it inspiring?
This workshop will describe the unique challenges of research data for re-use faced by researchers interested in data on Asia and explain various options for sharing with an emphasis on sharing curated research data; provide an explanation of research methods metadata; outline respondent confidentiality issues and exhibit how Asian Studies researchers with sensitive data can share data securely; and, inform depositors of research data about usage statistics that demonstrate the impact of their research.