Library Research Data Survey: overview of results, and special thanks to all participants

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The EUI Library released an overview of results of the 2013 Research Data Survey on 13 December. Our thanks to all who participated. The survey will help the Library develop its collections, and provide further services in the quickly-changing field of open data. EUI Research Data Services are explained on this Library page. In July, the Library issued a Research Data Guide to assist EUI data users with the discovery, elaboration, management and sharing of research data. Summary of Research Data Survey results…

– 71 scholars participated in the EUI Research Data Survey.  The Economics Community was the biggest contributor (39%).
– PhD Researchers constituted almost 86% of respondents.
– The most data-intensive EUI sub-disciplines are: Macroeconomics (26%), Political Science (22%) and Microeconomics (14%).
– 93% are working on individual projects.
– The most used kinds of data are: numerical data (36%); surveys (25%), text analysis/mining (14%).
– The most generated kinds of data are: numerical data (39%); text analysis (15%); interviews (13%).
– Most common file formats are: Excel/csv (41%) and Stata (37%).
– 78% of respondents store data.  Most common methods are laptop; external device; network server; desktop hard-drive.
– Data is most commonly described; in publications (41%); codebooks (36%); structured metadata (20%).
– 22% of respondents were unsure of the copyright/privacy status of data.
– Most respondents have never deposited data in a repository (82%).
– Most respondents are either very favourable (55%) or somewhat favourable (31%) to sharing data.
– Data are most frequently cited in a data section of a paper (41%) or in footnotes (43%).

EUI Research Data Services

EUI Data Portal

EUI Research Data Guide (PDF)

The second edition of the EUI Research Data Guide will be issued on 22 February 2014, International Open Data Day.