As a part of the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung (GEBF) at the beginning of March 2016 in Berlin, CESSDA Training held a workshop on research data management.
Data management and the re-usability of research data are becoming of increasing importance in empirical social and educational research in Germany. Thus the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has begun to make data management, data archiving and data re-usability a precondition for funding in the field of educational research. In response to this, three German research institutes, namely the Deutsche Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung (DIPF), the Institut für Qualitätseintwicklung im Bildungswesen (IQB) and GESIS, established the Verbund Forschungsdaten Bildung (VFDB).
This research infrastructure supports researchers in managing and archiving their data from the field of educational research. The VFDB web portal (in German) offers best practice guidelines and templates on all relevant topics of research data management in empirical social and educational research. This includes legal and ethical issues, data documentation, data security, and data archiving among other things.
To support the VFDB’s primary objective, CESSDA Training and the IQB commonly held the GEBF workshop to introduce participants to the overall field of research data management. During the two hour session, we talked about the relevance of long-term accessibility of research data and discussed the elements of good data management. Due to the limited time available, this workshop could of course only provide a first introduction to the topic and increase participants’ awareness of issues that might compromise data quality and re-usability. However, this is a first important step on our way to making research data management and sharing a matter-of-course for reseachers in the empirical social and educational science community.