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The Data Management perspective @ Leiden Law School

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The Data Management perspective @ Leiden Law School

Since funders, university and publishers have strict requirements on responsible research data management, there is a great need for experts in the field who can advise and support researchers in a practical way. One of these experts is Mareike Boom.

Portrait of Mareike Boom
Photographer: Daniel Boom

Mareike works at the Van Vollenhoven Institute of Leiden Law School as a data manager and staff member of the project team of ‘Getting to the Core of Crimmigration’, a NWO funded project led by Prof. dr. Maartje van der Woude. She also advises other researchers from the Van Vollenhoven Institute on data management issues. Mareike recently started a series of interesting blogposts entitled 'Research in fiction through the lens of data management'. Through the adventures of Alfred Issendorf, the protagonist of W.F. Herman’s wellknown Dutch novel ‘Beyond Sleep’, we get to know all aspects of research data management. 




Advising Alfred – Applying the "data perspective"
August 29, 2018

In the novel “Beyond Sleep” the search for the aerial photographs did not go smoothly for the protagonist, the doctoral candidate in geology Alfred Issendorf. Let’s assume that for his fieldwork grant a data management plan would be required and Alfred would get advice in the planning stage of his research. Read more...


 “Beyond Sleep” – The search for the aerial photographs
September 13, 2018

Data collection, analysis, publication and preservation have been core business of the academic world and its institutions for ages. Still, depending on one’s background, discussions about research data management could sound very new, strange, technical, fancy, confusing, ….or as a new layer of red tape. One might even forget the motivation and different reasons for doing it. Let’s leave all the policies, regulations, protocols, laws and IT projects aside for a moment and join Alfred Issendorf, the protagonist of the novel "Beyond Sleep", in his fieldwork and especially the search for existing data. Read more...


The F of findable – Searching for existing data
October 11, 2018

Researchers are increasingly asked to make their research data – where possible – available to others for further research in a way that the datasets are FAIR: findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable. This policy focus implies that there are also still a lot of datasets – legacy data – that are not so easy to find or to re-use. If you are a researcher looking for existing data, which search strategies could you use? Read More...

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