Nov. 10, 2023
First dataset from Russian Independent Media Archive online
The cooperation between Discuss Data and the Russian Independent Media Archive (RIMA) led to first results: The dataset Protest Graffiti During the Russian Invasion of Ukraine as Covered by Russian Independent Media is now available in open access. The dataset contains 772 articles from 27 media outlets between 24.02.2022-31.08.2023 and offers an addition to Aleksandra Arkhipova's "No wobble" data set about Anonymous Anti-War Street Art In Russia.
Nov. 2, 2023
Discuss Data at BASEES 2024!
Discuss Data will organize a panel at the BASEES Annual Conference 2024, that will take place at the University of Cambridge on 5-7 April 2024. The panel, titled "Research Data Quality in Times of War: New Challenges, Questions, and Solutions" will be chaired by Olga Onuch from Manchester University. Eduard Klein will discuss the potential of Discuss Data as a tool for research data management. The other panelists are Marnie Howlett (University of Oxford), Volodymyr Paniotto (Kyiv International Institute of Sociology), and Michael Rochlitz (University of Oxford).
Sept. 28, 2023
New cooperation with the Russian Independent Media Archive (RIMA)
Discuss Data has started a cooperation with the Russian Independent Media Archive (RIMA). RIMA is an initiative dedicated to preserving independent media outlets that are increasingly at risk of censorship or closure. RIMA collects archives from independent media active in Russia since 2000, making them easily accessible to researchers. The collection currently contains more than 2 million articles from 44 sources. Within the scope of the cooperation, selected data sets by RIMA will be made available on Discuss Data.
Aug. 14, 2023
German-Ukrainian Historical Commission Funds Archival Services
The German-Ukrainian Historical Commission (DUHK) offers small grants for archival services for historians who are working on topics of Ukrainian or German-Ukrainian history as part of their Master's thesis, PhD or post-doc. Application deadline is September 15th. Further information about the program and the application process (in German/Ukrainian only) is available on the DUHK website.
July 11, 2023
'Digital Humanities' community space will be presented at FORGE 23
FORGE 23, one of the main conferences on research data in the Digital Humanities (DH), will take place this year on 4-6 October in Tübingen. Daniel Kurzawe from the Discuss Data team at the SUB Göttingen and Thorsten Kahlert from our new project member HAB Wolfenbüttel, who is in charge of setting up the new community space, will use this opportunity to present the concept of the community space for the Digital Humanities. More information about FORGE 23 can be found here.
April 25, 2023
Discuss Data at the "Day of Research Data"
The U Bremen Research Alliance, a cooperation between the University of Bremen and twelve federal and state financed non-university research institutes, organise a "Research Data Day" on 07 June 2023. Several research institutions will offer information on research data management. Discuss Data will be present with an information stand between 01:30 - 4:30 pm at the SOCIUM. The program is available here.
March 7, 2023
Reading Recommendation: Replicating Secondary Qualitative Data
While quantitative research data is increasingly shared and used for secondary research, secondary qualitative data analysis (SQDA) is less common. Florian G. Kern and Katariina Mustasilta discuss the challenges and opportunities related to secondary qualitative data analysis in political science. Their results show, that SQDA "largely depends on how primary researchers share their ‘raw’ qualitative data, that is, interview and focus group transcripts in our example study, as well as the additional documentation to understand primary context". The article "Beyond Replication: Secondary Qualitative Data Analysis in Political Science" was published online first in Comparative Political Studies and is available in open access.
March 1, 2023
Opininion polls during wartime
The latest Russian Analytical Digest No. 292 and the German-language Ukraine-Analysen 278 analyse the problems, challenges and validity of opinion polls in Russia and Ukraine, where the Russian-Ukrainian war has had a significant but different impact on public opinion and polling. Heiko Pleines, Discuss Data's curator of polling data, discusses surveys under war conditions in Ukraine that are available on Discuss Data, as well as the Levada polls on the Discuss Data online platform. There are also other contributions on the topic from established authors and renowned pollsters.
Feb. 27, 2023
Discuss Data is hiring!
Discuss Data is looking for a software developer and a research assistant for community engagement (both part-time, 50%). The detailed job description can be found (German only) on the website of the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen.
Feb. 13, 2023
New Data Set: Interviews with Emigrants Escaping Mobilization in Russia
Ekaterina Vorobeva collected 18 semi-structured interviews with reservists who emigrated from Russia to escape the "partial mobilization". The interviews, accessible upon request, shed a light on the reasons and ways of emigration after the "partial mobilization" was announced in Russia in September 2022.
Feb. 7, 2023
New Article with "Discuss Data"-Dataset Published
The research article "Flexible Authoritarian Governance in Russia: The Politics of Ideas on Family Policy", written by Marina Khmelnitskaya , Ann-Mari Sätre and Ulla Pape was published in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. The article is empirically based on the data set "Flexible authoritarian governance in Russia", that was published on Discuss Data by the authors and is available in open access.
Jan. 26, 2023
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Dec. 21, 2022
Reading recommendation: How to study Russia in a time of conflict
Jeremy Morris (Aarhus University) published a review piece "Political ethnography and Russian studies in a time of conflict" in Post-Soviet Affairs, in which he discusses the challenges scholars working on Russia face due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine, for example, regarding data collection. He emphasizes on the role of domestic researchers and discusses the "blind spots" in the potential communication between political scientists and other social scientists. A preprint version of the article is available on the personal blog of the author.
Dec. 6, 2022
Reading recommendation: Survey research in Russia in times of war
Bryn Rosenfeld from Cornell University published a new article in Post-Soviet Affairs on "Survey research in Russia: in the shadow of war". Rosenfeld discusses the challenges and uncertainties of survey research in Russia, which grew considerably after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The article addresses the changes in the environment for survey research in Russia and tries to give answers to questions such as "Are Russians less willing today to respond to surveys? Are they less willing to answer sensitive questions? How can we design research to elicit truthful responses and to know whether respondents are answering insincerely about sensitive opinions?"
Nov. 28, 2022
New Opinion Poll Data on Political Mood in Ukraine
Discuss Data supported a representative opinion poll in Ukraine conducted in August 2022 by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF). The survey provides a comprehensive assessment of the political mood of the population. Selected results have been published by DIF (in Ukrainian). The raw data from the entire survey, including a translation into English, is now also available on DiscussData: https://doi.org/10.48320/90CC86CA-C465-4416-9961-AFEC2250288E.
Nov. 24, 2022
DFG extends Discuss Data funding for 3 more years
We are happy to announce: The German Research Foundation (DFG) extended the funding for Discuss Data for another 3 more years! The platform will not only be further developed, but also new communities - so called "Discuss Data Spaces" - will be added in the future. More updates on the new communities will follow in 2023.
Dec. 10, 2021
New Data Collection on Narratives of the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict published!
As addition to an upcoming article in Problems of Post-Communism Nadiia Koval has published a comprehensive list of academic and analytical sources on the Ukrainian-Russian conflict which she and her colleagues have analyzed. This data collection is the first in our security category and the 60th on the overall platform.
Nov. 26, 2021
Data Preparation Grant 2021
A Discuss Data data preparation grant goes to Stas Gorelik and Ekaterina Paustyan for their data collection on "Clone candidates in Russian and Ukrainian parliamentary elections".
Aug. 3, 2021
Discuss Data at the FORGE 2021
Daniel Kurzawe and Felix Herrmann will present Discuss Data at the (German-language) FORGE conference about research data in the humanties at September 10, 2021. See the details on the FORGE conference page.
Aug. 3, 2021
Paper about Discuss Data at ICCEES conference on August 5th, 2021
Felix Herrmann will present the paper Discuss Data: Promoting Transparency and Data Quality with an Online Platform for Archiving, Sharing and Discussing Research Data with a Focus on the Post-Soviet Region on the ICCEES conference in a panel about Research Data on Authoritarian Regimes and Armed Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Region: Challenges and Solutions. Get more information on the ICCEES conference page.
June 16, 2021
Reading recommendation: post-publication peer review
The article "The use of confidentiality and anonymity protections as a cover for fraudulent fieldwork data" discusses the problem of research integrity: The need to grant anonymity and confidentiality to interviewees - especially in qualitative research on sensitive topics - may be abused by researchers. Post-publication peer review (PPPR) is a method to reveal malpractices, as Michael Dougherty shows in this paper, analysing a (meanwhile retracted) article with fabricated interview data.
June 8, 2021
New data set on labour protests in Russia
Petr Bizyukov's data set on labour protests in Russia is regarded as one of the most complete & impressive databases on labour protests in Russia. It covers the period from 2008-2019 and contains reports from federal and regional media, trade unions and other organizations. The data is coded in an SPSS-format and available upon request.
May 12, 2021
New data set on state-business relations in Russia
A new data set on "Socio-Economic Cooperation Agreements and State-Business Relations in Russia’s Regions" was published by Ulla Pape and her colleagues from the Freie Universität Berlin. It contains more than 100 contracts between large companies like Gazprom and Lukoil and the regional administration of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug (KhMAO) between 2010 and 2019 and provides valuable insights about the patterns of state-business relations in Russia.
May 4, 2021
New Data Set with the Russian President's Transcripts online
A fresh data set on Russia is online: The media project dekoder published the raw data from the tremendous "The president's words" special, an analysis tool with 10,000+ transcripts from Putin and Medvedev during their presidencies 2000-2020. Now the data set "The President’s Words: A Term Frequency Analysis of Putin’s and Medvedev’s Statements in Official Kremlin Transcripts" is available in open access on Discuss Data, including a frequency analysis of all terms.
April 30, 2021
The 2020 Belarusian Protest - A "Telegram Revolution"?
During the 2020 protest wave in Belarus against the regime of Alexander Lukashenka, messengers like Telegram played a crucial role. Vasil Navumau from the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) and his colleagues published a data set with a corpus of nearly 2.000 images that shows how the popular Nexta Telegram channel covered and sustained the protest wave.
April 21, 2021
Discuss Data Panel on data-related issues at ICCEES 2021
Discuss Data will be present at the ICCEES 2021 World Congress, that will take place online from 3.-8. August 2021. Our panel "Research Data on Authoritarian Regimes and Armed Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Region" will be chaired by Gwendolyn Sasse (Humboldt University Berlin / Centre for East European and International Studies). The four panelists Vera Rogova (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt), Jan Matti Dollbaum (University of Bremen), Huseyn Aliev (University of Glasgow) and Felix Hermann (Discuss Data) will discuss the challenges and solutions for working with research data on the post-Soviet region.
April 14, 2021
New article by Discuss Data team member
Dr. Andreas Heinrich from the CRC 1342 on "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" together with Dr. Eduard Klein from the Discuss Data team published their open access article "Challenges for the management of qualitative and quantitative data: The example of social policy–related data collections" in Global Social Policy (online first). They discuss such problems as data quality, interpretation and transparency, and describe, why Discuss Data is a useful research data management tool for social welfare data.
April 5, 2021
As corruption is a hidden phenomenon, measuring corruption is a challenge. In his article "Measuring Corruption: A Critical Analysis of the Existing Datasets and Their Suitability for Diachronic Transnational Research" José-Miguel Bello y Villarino discusses the pitfalls of measuring corruption across countries and across time, taking into account especially reliability, validity, and limitations of the widely used Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and the Control of Corruption (CoC) indicator.
March 3, 2021
Data availability and quality in authoritarian regimes is a well known challenge for researchers. In recent years, open government data provided new opportunities for data-driven research. Based on a case study on Tanzania, however, Ruth D. Carlitz and Rachael McLellan show in their article "Open Data from Authoritarian Regimes: New Opportunities, New Challenges" that open data can be biased. The authors provide a helpful framework to anticipate and detect data manipulation in authoritarian contexts, that might be useful for studying post-Soviet countries as well.
Feb. 11, 2021
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Jan. 26, 2021
Reading recommendation: New article on data transparency
Hundreds of political scientists of the Qualitative Transparency Deliberations (QTD) platform extensively discussed the benefits, costs, ethical challenges, practicalities, and limits of research data transparency. Now, their findings were published in the article “The Qualitative Transparency Deliberations: Insights and Implications” in the journal Perspectives on Politics. Apart from the paper, QTD also published a supplementary set of working group reports with practical guidance to scholars designing and implementing qualitative research.
Dec. 7, 2020
New Dataset on Protests in Ukraine published
The Public Sociology Lab (PS Lab) published their insightful "Participation in Euromaidan and Antimaidan movements, Ukraine, 2014" dataset on Discuss Data. It contains 148 interviews conducted between June - August 2014 in Ukraine on the topic of Maidan/Anti-Maidan. The interviewees describe, how they became involved in Maidan / Anti-Maidan, what they did there, and how their life has changed afterwards. For more information and access to the data, contact Svetlana Erpyleva.
Nov. 12, 2020
New Data Collection on Corruption in Higher Education published!
Dr. Elena Denisova Schmidt (University St. Gallen, Switzerland) published a Data Collection Voices of Students: Attitudes towards Corruption in Khabarovsk. It contains quantitative and qualitative data from several major universities in Khabarovsk (Russia). The data suggests, that advanced students are more likely to act dishonestly than freshmen – indicating that Russian universities promote informal practices and corruption as social norms.
Nov. 9, 2020
New article published by the Discuss Data team
Felix Hermann and Daniel Kurzawe present the general idea and the strengths of Discuss Data in their article "Discuss Data - a community-centred approach for research data management in the humanities and social sciences", published in the open access publication Bausteine Forschungsdatenmanagement (in German).
Sept. 21, 2020
The Russian independent media outlet "Project" published an article by sociologist Olga Molyarenko (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), where she discusses why in Russia statistical official data increasingly diverges from reality - and what can be done about that (in Russian). The article is based on an extensive qualitative study by Molyarenko about the generation of official statistics in Russia, available here (in Russian).
July 29, 2020
In his article "Houston, We Have a Problem: Enhancing Academic Freedom and Transparency in Publishing Through Post-Publication Debate", Kristian Skrede Gleditsch addresses the current debate on controversial articles and makes a plea for transparency and post-publication discussion, instead of simply retracting controversial articles.
July 23, 2020
Productive beta test started!
Currently, Discuss Data is at the stage of productive beta testing. If errors occur during your usage of the platform, please contact eklein[@]uni-bremen.de and write a short description of what happened.
The official launch of the final website is scheduled for September.
July 21, 2020
Call for data
Discuss Data announces its first call for data! For further information, please read the "Call for data" - and feel free to share our call with your colleagues and within your networks and institutions!
June 16, 2020
Discuss Data Newsletter
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May 12, 2020
Conference report published
The German H/SOZ/KULT-website has published a detailed report about the Discuss Data workshop "Digital Methods and Research Data Management in the Humanities and Social Sciences", which took place in October 2019 in Moscow. The English version of the report is available here.
April 30, 2020
The article Opinion under Occupation by the Ukrainian Weekly discusses the reliability of public opinion surveys in the regions of the Donbas not controlled by the Ukrainian government. Catching up on this topic, a dispute has emerged in Foreign policy, whether public opinion data from annexed Crimea is reliable, as John O'Loughlin et al. are arguing, or not, as Dmytro Kuleba counters, citicizing fundamental problems with measuring popular opinion under occupation.
April 1, 2020
Article authored by the Discuss Data team published in Journal of Eurasian Studies
The article Transparency and quality assessment of research data in post-Soviet area studies: The potential of an interactive online platform by Andreas Heinrich, Felix Herrmann and Heiko Pleines describes the reasoning behind the Discuss Data project.
March 18, 2020
Research on authoritarian and repressive regimes poses distinctive challenges regarding research transparency and ethics. Bellin et al. (2019) discuss in their article "Research in Authoritarian and Repressive Contexts" what has to be considered when conducting research in such contexts - a must-read for researchers working on the post-Soviet region.
March 1, 2020
Discuss Data will be available soon!
Currently, we are in the final phase before official launch of the Discuss Data project.
Oct. 1, 2019
Programme for Discuss Data workshop online
The programme for the Discuss Data workshop on "Digital Methods and Research Data Management in the Humanities and Social Sciences", organized by the Research Centre for East European Studies (FSO), the State and University Library Göttingen, the Higher School of Economic Moscow (HSE) and the German Historical Institute Moscow (DHI), held at the DHI in Moscow on October 7-8th 2019, is now available online.
Discuss Data (www.discuss-data.net) is a new open repository for storing, sharing and discussing research data on Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. The platform, launched in September 2020, is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and operated by the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen (FSO) and the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB). Discuss Data goes beyond ordinary repositories and offers an interactive online platform for the discussion and quality assessment of research data. Our aim is to create a space for academic communication and for the community-specific publication, curation, annotation and discussion of research data on Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia.
In view of an increasing debate within the academic community about the reliability and validity of research data, especially regarding the states of the former Soviet Union , this is of crucial importance. Also, there is an increasing demand for research data management and transparency, manifested in initiatives like the FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship. The major German scientific funding institution, the German Research Foundation (DFG), suggests in its "Proposals for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice" to securely store primary research data for ten years. As a project funded by the DFG, Discuss Data is committed to this practice.
Discuss Data combines the upload and publication of data collections not only with documentations of data collection, but also enables in the same space the interactive evaluation of the data through the assessment of their quality, their contextualisation and discussion. Thus, we enable the international community of experts to report faulty data, in case of missing data to recommend alternative data sources, and to extensively discuss the interpretation and application of data. Discuss Data presents the opportunity to structure and present feedback to research data and to transform the evaluation of research data from an individualistic to a collective endeavour that benefits the whole academic community.
For data storage and long-term digital preservation, Discuss Data is connected to the DARIAH-DE repository, where all open data will be archived, and prospectively the Humanities Data Centre services. Through cross-linkage with various external data sources, the knowledge and debates about research data shall be collected interactively and made accessible to both the academic community and the interested public. Thereby, Discuss Data contributes to the creation of a project-independent, transregional and sustainable information infrastructure.
For further information and the broader rationale of Discuss Data, read our article on "Transparency and quality assessment of research data in post-Soviet area studies: The potential of an interactive online platform".
We recommend new users to read our 'First steps for new users' manual before starting, where we briefly explain the interface and the different uses and functionalities of Discuss Data.
Discuss Data is interested in new data sets. For further information, please read the Call for Data - and feel free to share our call with your colleagues and within your networks and institutions!
Also, we offer a limited amount of grants to prepare data for open access publications on Discuss Data. Check our Preparation Grant for further information.
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Prof. Dr. Heiko Pleines (FSO Bremen)
Project director, curator
Heiko Pleines is the head of the project and curator for opinion poll and elite data.
Dr. Daniel Kurzawe (SUB Göttingen)
Daniel Kurzawe is the deputy head of the Department for Research and Development at SUB Göttingen and is the project coordinator of Discuss Data.
Felix Herrmann (FSO Bremen)
Felix Hermann is responsible for the development and the technical maintenance of Discuss Data. As a historian interested in Digital Humanities, he is the curator for data on economic history.
Dr. Eduard Klein (FSO Bremen)
Outreach and communication, community space manager, curator
Eduard Klein is responsible for outreach, communication and community engagement at Discuss Data. He is also curator for data on corruption and education.
Anastasiia Tarasova (FSO Bremen)
Community space manager, partner cooperation
Anastasiia Tarasova is responsible for the development of the community space “Dissent & Samizdat in the Soviet Union”, cooperation with external partners, user support, and community engagement.
Dr. Torsten Kahlert (HAB Wolfenbüttel)
Community space manager
Torsten Kahlert is responsible for the development of the community space "Digital Humanities".
Stefan Hynek (SUB Göttingen)
Stefan Hynek is responsible for development and maintenance of the platform and for the technical integration of Discuss Data in the European research data network infrastructure.
Registered users who have actively participated in the communication on Discuss Data (mainly through comments) and proven their expertise can either volunteer or be approached by Discuss Data for the role of curator. If they are accepted/accept, they will be gradually integrated into the editorial process of Discuss Data under the guidance of existing curators.
In the early stages of the project, members of the Discuss Data team in Bremen will fulfil the role of curators. The long-term goal of the project is to establish a community-driven and organised online platform.
Currently, the curators for the main categories are:
The Ombudsperson, responsible for complaints and arbitration, is Prof. Dr. Ingo Rohlfing.
The Discuss Data team is supported by an international advisory board constituted of acknowledged experts from various fields of research:
- Prof. Dr. Margarita Balmaceda, Seton Hall University / Davis Center for Eurasian Studies, Harvard University / Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst
- Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
- Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter, University of Bremen
- Dr. Jakob Fruchtmann, Jacobs University Bremen
- Dr. Mischa Gabowitsch, University of Vienna
- Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Hohls, Humboldt-University, Berlin
- Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lentz, Leibniz Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig
- Prof. Dr. Ingo Rohlfing, University of Passau
- Prof. Dr. Susanne Schattenberg, Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen
- Dr. Gudrun Wirtz, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich
- Prof. Dr. Andrei A. Yakovlev, Davis Center for Eurasian Studies, Harvard