DataWiz II - Functionality and Usability Enhancements for DataWiz, a Semiautomated Assistant for the Management of Psychological Research Data

Projektdetails

Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Grant term: 2 years (2020-2021)
Project Manager: PD Dr. Erich Weichselgartner

Description

For several years now ZPID has been offering DataWiz, a semi-automated assistant for the management of psychological research data. The original funding for DataWiz provided for a very simple proof-of-concept version making more resources dependent on the feedback of the tool within the scientific community.

Given the high approval rate from institutions and individuals, and the overall positive feedback on the one hand, and concerns about the usability and connectivity on the other hand, additional funding eventually was provided for functionality and usability enhancements.

Usability Enhancements. DIn the follow-up project the DataWiz usability will be evaluated in laboratory and field settings and improved according to users’ feedback. Various research contexts will be tested, problems identified and solutions implemented.

Interface for direct data exchange. In addition, machine-to-machine communication for the automatic exchange of information between DataWiz and other research support systems will be developed based on the flexible and lightweight REST architecture. The HTTP protocol will be used for depositing content from DataWiz to a digital repository or for connecting data collection or data analysis software (e.g., SurveyMonkey, R) to DataWiz.

Export format for generic data exchange. In addition, machine-to-machine communication for the automatic exchange of information between DataWiz and other research support systems will be developed based on the flexible and lightweight REST architecture. The HTTP protocol will be used for depositing content from DataWiz to a digital repository or for connecting data collection or data analysis software (e.g., SurveyMonkey, R) to DataWiz.

Furthermore, Research Object Bundles (RO-Bundles) will be developed to export the documented data and associated materials to any desired repository. The improvements in usability and connectivity will optimize DataWiz applicability for the common spectrum of psychological research and make it a widely used professional tool.

Contact person

PD Dr. Erich Weichselgartner
Project manager

+49 (0) 171 185-3945

Talks and Publications

Grässle, F. (2020). Sharing Psychological Research Data: Best Practices and New Developments, Online Meeting. Title: tba

Kerwer, M., Bölter, R., Dehnhard, I., Günther, A., & Weichselgartner, E. (2017). Projekt DataWiz: Entwicklung eines Assistenzsystems zum Management psychologischer Forschungsdaten. In J. Kratzke, & V. Heuveline (Hrsg.), E-Science-Tage 2017: Forschungsdaten managen. Heidelberg: heiBOOKS. https://doi.org/10.11588/heibooks.285.377

Weichselgartner, E. (2018). The RDA 11th Plenary, Berlin, Germany. DataWiz: A Smart Assistant for Data Management in Psychology.

Weichselgartner, E. (2017). DataWiz: Integration von Open‐Science‐Praktiken in den Forschungszyklus. Information – Wissenschaft & Praxis, 68 (2‐3), 159‐162. https://doi.org/10.1515/iwp-2017-0023