Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Grant Term: 3 years (2019-2022)
Project Manager: PD Dr. Erich Weichselgartner
Project Staff: Dr. Katarina Blask, N.N.
The Open-Science-Movement becoming general practice in the empirical sciences and thus particularly in Psychology has generally two aims: On the one hand, it targeted at improving the research economy and on the other hand the quality of scientific work. As a result, not only the calls for open access as the free availability of the research outcome, i.e. the publication, but also as the free availability of scientific data are growing louder.
However, the goal of preserving the long-term interpretability of research data require substantial effort from researchers. This is because psychology is a complex field with multiple assignments to the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences with correspondingly diverse, hardly standardized qualitative and quantative methods. Common standards for the documentation of psychological research data that can meet these discipline- and method-specific requirements and thus guarantee the long-term interpretability and re-usability of these data are largely lacking at the moment.
Even the PsychData-documentation standard that developed by the ZPID, which should ensure the findability and interpretability of significant psychological studies, is not very well known in the field. This might be seen as an indicator for an insufficient usability as well as a mismatch between the requirements of a high-quality documentation and the method-specific requirements grounded in the re-use of psychological research data. To this end, the project PsyCuraDat aims at the development of user-oriented curation criteria considering the needs of researchers in their role as contributors and users of research data. Thus, the overarching goal is to enable a more effective and efficient documentation and re-use of psychological research data.