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Next Generation e-Researchers: Doctoral Students in Social Sciences and Humanities in Sweden and their Attitudes towards Open Access, Open Repositories and e-Research
Chalmers Tekniska högskola. (Avd för teknik och samhälle)
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Studies in Education, Culture and Media. (SEC/Praxeologi)
2009 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Swedish research politics there are, at the moment, several actions taken to enhance existing and develop new research infrastructures (Axelsson and Schroeder 2007). As one example, the Swedish National Data Service (SND, http://www.snd.gu.se), an operative key actor, is currently working on coordinating existing data resources and increasing deposition of research data to the national data service and re-use of those data. SND has, as a part of this endeavour, recently conducted two survey studies, targeted at professors (N=549) and doctoral students within social sciences and humanities departments (N=1147) at Swedish universities and university colleges, in order to obtain knowledge regarding existing use and re-use of digital research data and archiving practices as well as obstacles to increased digital research data sharing. This paper focuses on the doctoral students’ data and the results are compared with the results from the parallel study of the professors and from a recent survey targeted at professors in various social sciences and humanities disciplines at Finnish universities (Kuula and Borg, 2008). The results from the current study show that doctoral students in general expressed a great uncertainty about questions of amounts of reusable digital data and effective interventions to enhance accessibility to digital research data. They identify research ethics as an important barrier to sharing digital research data, while professors emphasize lack of resources for researchers to document and make their data accessible to others as the most important obstacle. Concerning interventions to enhancing re-use of digital data, the majority of the doctoral students and the professors thought it should be effective to receive more information about accessible research data in data archives or databases. Nearly 100 % in both groups reported that also more of training in research methods, digital research databases and information about accessible e-tools would be effective interventions. The most effective interventions for enhancing accessibility to digital data were reported in terms of that research grants should include funds for preparing the data for sharing and archiving and that archiving data for use by the scientific community is acknowledged as a scientific merit. Surprisingly, when it comes to the degree of urgency in sharing their own data, the professors seem to be a bit more eager to share data than the doctoral students.

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Social Sciences Educational Sciences
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Sociology of Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145528OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-145528DiVA: diva2:396316
Paper presented at The National Centre for e-Social Science (NCeSS) The 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, Maternushaus in Cologne on 24th - 26th June 2009
Available from: 2011-02-09 Created: 2011-02-09 Last updated: 2011-12-21Bibliographically approved

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