Workshop: 'Making Data Count: Research data availability and research assessment


11-12 April 2013, 11:30-13:30, Berlin
At the Neue Mälzerei


Reading the report presented at the workshopThe possibilities of digital research have altered the production, publication and use of research results. Academic research practice and culture are changing or have already been transformed, but to a large degree the system of academic recognition has not yet adapted to the practices and possibilities of digital research.  This applies especially to research data, which are increasingly produced, managed, published and archived, but play hardly a role yet in practices of research assessment.


The aim of the workshop was to bring experts and stakeholders from research institutions, universities, scholarly societies and funding agencies together in order to review, discuss and build on possibilities to implement the culture of sharing and to integrate publication of data into research assessment procedures. The report 'The Value of Research Data - Metrics for datasets from a cultural and technical point of view' was presented and discussed.


Some of the key finding were that data sharing should be considered normal research practice, in fact not sharing should be considered malpractice. Research funders and universities should support and encourage data sharing. There are a number of important aspects to consider when making data count in research and evaluation procedures. Metrics are a necessary tool in monitoring the sharing of data sets. However, data metrics are at present not very well developed and there is not yet enough experience in what these metrics actually mean. It is important to implement the culture of sharing through codes of conducts in the scientific communities. For further key findings please read the report.


Now available:

Photographs, video recordings, slides from presentations, participant list and the report





The report of the workshop is available for download




All the plenary sessions at this workshop were recorded on video. You can find the video recordings here.
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Other reports and blog postings


Several reports and blog postings are now available on this workshop.

- Report on DFG website (in German)

- DCC blog post by Alex Ball

- DaMaRO blog by James Wilson

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