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 with a focus on the post-Soviet states. 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 the post-Soviet region.
In view of an increasing debate within the academic community about the reliability and validity of research data, especially regarding the post-Soviet region, 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 commited 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 procedure 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 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!
Also, we offer a limited amount of grants to prepare data for open access publications on Discuss Data. Check our “Data Preparation Grants” for further information.
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Prof. Dr. Heiko Pleines (FSO Bremen)
Prof. Dr. Heiko Pleines is the head of the project and curator for opinion poll and elite 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, community, curator
Dr. Eduard Klein is responsible for outreach and community engagement at Discuss Data. He is also curator for data on corruption and education.
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.
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:
Corruption: Dr. Eduard Klein
Economic History: Felix Herrmann
Education: Dr. Eduard Klein
Elites: Prof. Dr. Heiko Pleines
Opinion Polls: Prof. Dr. Heiko Pleines
Protests: Dr. Jan-Matti Dollbaum
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, Einstein Forum Potsdam
- Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Hohls, Humboldt-University, Berlin
- Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lentz, Leibniz Institut für Länderkunde Leipzig
- Prof. Dr. Ingo Rohlfing, University of Cologne
- 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, National Research University – Higher School of Economics Moscow