Sharing research data: what impact ?
Scientific models, assessment, support services, skills…
The French URFIST Network (Research & Teaching Centres dedicated to Scientific and Technical Information) have been regularly organising, since 2002, a national Seminar (Journée nationale d’étude – JNE). In 2014 the chosen theme of study concerned the new modes of research, publication and scholarly communication and the associated legitimacy or assessment methods.
The aim of the next Seminar, scheduled in PARIS on Thursday, September 29, 2016, entitled Sharing research data: what impact ? is a continuation of the previous edition. The research data (RD) are indeed a relatively new modality of publication, so as their publicizing process by itself. These underlying Data are also affected by the phenomenon of Open Access to the extent that their recovery and, somehow, their « recycling », stimulate the advancement of knowledge and the emergence of innovation.
Many contributions have already highlighted their over-abundant mass and their constitutive heterogeneity, so as their specific methods of extraction and selection. Several studies have also emphasised time savings and means that their re-use can provide for research purposes, as part of new projects. The aim is presently to examine several categories of problems that revolve around this radical change of informational research practices. In fact, this new factor of scientific development may influence investigative methods and societal impact in a significant way: ethics, epistemology and indicators measuring scientific production are as well concerned.
The first part of the Conference will define, identify and contextualize the concept of Data. An Introduction will examine the current (inter)national landscape of the RD and identify their stakeholders so as their perimeter. Then we will discuss epistemological questions, raised by their position and their growing importance. Ethical implications related to the reuse of RD in some areas will be underlined.
A second part will report on Data production and use; we shall examine practical arrangements in the European area (in the UK in particular…), and consider their further feedback. Some very specific contexts, such as dissertations and theses, which make up an important and too often ignored pool of data, thereby even deserve special attention. Finally, we will focus on dialogue between researchers and information professionals. These are in fact able to offer services both within research institutes and laboratories as part of libraries or entities responsible for Scientific and Technical Information at a national level. Training in this area and Data Support Services for Researchers are constitutive of a key strategic plan.
We will conclude the Seminar with a pragmatic approach, examining a step now almost indispensable while mounting a major international research project: the Data Management Plan (DMP) which brings to the forefront the need for a thorough reflection on the ins and outs of this new paradigm. This 6th National Study Day of the URFIST Network should contribute usefully to the understanding of the RD and of their involvement in the scientific context.