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Data access and research transparency (DART) are central pillars of academic research. Researchers in all fields are supposed to provide not only final results, but also have to show in detail how they have come to conclusions. DART has been a standard of academic research for a long time, although it has often not been enforced rigorously.

FORS and the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences have organised a succesful one-day workshop on Improving Data Access and Research Transparency (DART) in Switzerland which took place in Berne on November 7th 2014.

It brought together actors in this field, mainly from Switzerland, but also from abroad, with different backgrounds and perspectives, such as researchers, representatives of funding agencies, editors of scientific journals, and data archives. The main goal of the proposed workshop was to discuss the state of the art in data access and research transparency (DART) in the social sciences.

In detail, the goals of the workshop were

  • to have an exchange on the value and challenges of DART;
  • to present existing guidelines, practices, and challenges regarding DART in the social sciences;
  • to discuss possible actions towards improving DART in Switzerland;

The key product of the workshop was the elaboration of a manifesto to advance Data Access and Research Transparency (DART) in Switzerland in the coming years.

Click here to consult the manifesto.

The various presentations given that day can be downloaded here:

Dr. Markus Zürcher, Secretary General, Swiss Academies of the Humanities and the Social Sciences; Welcome address

Prof. Vera Troeger, University of Warwick; The importance of data access and research transparency

Prof. Michael Breen, University of Limerick; DART in large infrastructure projects

Prof. Nicolas Favez, University of Geneva; Ethical challenges of DART for research in the social sciences

Dr. Eva Deuchert, Universoty of St. Gallen; Doing research with secondary data analysis

Prof. Christian Kleiber, University of Basel The importance of reproducible research

Prof. Yannis Papadopoulos, Co-Editor European Journal of Political Research; The challenges of DART for a journal editor

Dr. Ingrid Kissling-Näf, Swiss National Science Foundatio; The importance of DART for funding agencies

Dr. Brian Kleiner, Head of Data Research and Research Information Services, FORS; Data archives: Brokers for DART

Patrick McCartan, Cambridge University Press

André Golliez, itopia ag, president; Open Research Data _ The Citizen’s Perspective