Wednesday, 26 August 2020
10:00-10:45, Hermann-Escher-Saal & Seminarraum C

Data Publication and Sharing: The Essentials

Lecture by Eliane Blumer and Basma Makhlouf Shabou

The focus of Basma Makhlouf Shabou’s (Archival Science Coordinator HEG Geneva) and Eliane Blumer’s (Research Data Manamgenent Coordinator EPFL) talk was data publication and sharing, i.e. making data available to people other than those who have generated it by providing free, unrestricted access to the public. Today, this is a requirement of many funding agencies and journals, but it should also be in the interest of the researcher. It is crucial to plan the sharing of data in advance with a DMP that includes reflections on access rights, data repositories, hardware, software, and how to apply FAIR principles. Ideally, both curated and raw data (observational data, experimental data, simulations, derived data, and reference data) is openly published.

The two speakers moreover stressed the importance of always publishing good metadata as well, including information on data origin, format, and volume, using open formats whenever possible, and providing software to process it. Data and metadata can be published from the beginning of the project or only at the end in repositories that fit ones needs and context. Some important tips that the speakers gave the participants are to always choose a non-commercial repository, provide the data with unique identifiers, be compliant with standardization in metadata, and be user-friendly. When a dataset is prepared for publishing, it is important that the structure of the folders and files is logical and well-described, sensitive data is adequately coded, an appropriate license is chosen, and a documentation summary (readme file) is shared alongside the (meta-)data.

  • Blumer

    Eliane Blumer

    EPFL Library

    Eliane Blumer works as Research Data Management Coordinator and Specialist at the EPFL Library where she also manages the Life Sciences liaison. She is on the committee of Bibliosuisse, as well as a member of the LIBER RDM Working Group.

  • Makhlouf Shabou

    Prof. Dr. Basma Makhlouf Shabou

    Information Science at HEG Geneva

    Basma Makhlouf Shabou is Head of the Master's program in Information Science at the Geneva Graduate School of Management (HEG). Her archival research as well as her lectures and publications concentrate on the appraisal of archives, the quality dimensions of archives, and on the accessibility of public data.