Everything you always wanted to know about data management in the Social Sciences…

CESSDA ERIC (the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives European Infrastructure Consortium) has created an Expert Tour Guide on Data Management. The guide is aimed at social science researchers who are in an early stage of practising research data management. It pays special attention for instance on the processing of both qualitative and quantitative data, ethical issues and the processing of personal data and data protection.


This guide adds to a growing number of online courses on data management. See for instance this MOOC on Research Data Management and Sharing.

Best Practice – Remus Dame’s Data Management Plan


In a previous post on this blog we mentioned the new data management protocol by NWO. NWO requires that applicants write a data management paragraph in their proposal and a full data management plan once granted. Leiden biochemist Remus Dame participated in the data management pilot prior to the protocol and wrote an exemplary DMP. In an article in NWO Hypothese (“Data in de etalage”, in Dutch) he tells about his experiences with data management planning.To lead by example he also published his data management plan in our repository (Data management plan VICI, in Dutch). Read the English translation of the article in Hypothese here.

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Best Practices: file names and folder structures

The world according to GARP…

In our data management courses we always discuss the way participants document and organise their data files. One of the questions is how to keep track of your data. Will you be able to find a specific dataset in due time? Will others be able to find and understand it? This is crucial if you or anyone else wants to use your data later on. One of the first things to do is to name your files and structure your folders in a consistent way. It is even better if you and your colleagues use the same standard.


Dr. Liesbeth de Lange, associate professor LACDR


Dr. Liesbeth de Lange has successfully developed the GARP standard in her group at the LACDR institute (Faculty of Science). Rutger de Jong asked her how this standard came into being and how it was adopted. You can read the interview below. Inspired? Why not organise a ‘data organisation day’ at your institute, another nice idea born at the LACDR.




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