For the past couple of months, a team of PARTHENOS project members has been working in close collaboration on the creation of the Guidelines to FAIRify data management and make data reusable. The result is a comprehensible booklet that was proudly presented last week at the Synergy Conference 2019 in the Netherlands.
On Thursday the 7th of February, the Dutch research funding organization NWO organized the Synergy Conference 2019, with the intention to bring the humanities and social sciences closer to each other. The conference addressed a wide audience, including young and senior researchers, funding agencies and policy makers. In this context, three colleagues of the PARTHENOS partner institute DANS organized a conference workshop, based on the experience of Research Data Management (RDM) in the humanities and social sciences. During the workshop, the newly printed PARTHENOS Guidelines to FAIRify data management and make data reusable were released and presented. This guide offers a series of guidelines to align the efforts of data producers, data archivists and data users in humanities and social sciences to make research data as reusable as possible.
The CESSDA Data management Expert Guide was presented alongside the Guidelines. Taking these two initiatives as a starting point, the presentation was followed by a discussion with the audience on how the RDM training and support in the two domains can be aligned. Mainly policy makers were involved in this discussion. Another group focused more on RDM practices for researchers and the current situation. The participants agreed that close cooperation in the field of data management in neighboring domains, such as the humanities and social sciences, is mutually beneficial.
The Guidelines result from the work of over fifty PARTHENOS project members. They have been developed as part of the Work Package dealing with policies concerning data management and their implementation. The work was coordinated by Hella Hollander, Femmy Admiraal and Francesca Morselli. The graphic design of the PARTHENOS Guidelines was developed by Verbeeldingskr8 and is available under a CC-BY 4.0 license here.