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DataWiz–Workshop Getting your hands-on data documentation Documenting research data as an essential practice in resilient open psychological science

📅 Date and time

🏠 Location

The DataWiz workshop took place online via ZOOM.

📢 Audience

Researchers in psychology and related fields at all stages in their careers

📄 Abstract

The goal of this workshop is to raise awareness about the importance of data documentation as an essential part of good scientific practice and to present a tool to accomplish this with little effort. Although the benefits of data sharing have been discussed in psychology for several decades, it is only recently becoming more widely adopted in the towline of the Open Science movement. In order to make research more transparent and resilient, funders, publishers and learned societies alike request or even mandate data sharing. However, little is said about best practice and psychology is far from an established norm (standard). Frequently, technical and administrative aspects like storage, backup, data management planning, licensing, depositing and accessibility are addressed while less attention is devoted to long term sustainability and interpretability. Those depend on so-called rich metadata. Seldom one finds sufficient information to understand, re-use or even replicate the data at hand. In psychology, not only technical and descriptive metadata are important, but also data-level (codebooks, data dictionaries) and study-level (research context) metadata. The latter comprises information on the aims and hypothesis of studies, on research design and sampling procedures and on measures and instruments. Given such rich metadata, studies become findable according to domain specific search criteria (e.g., the randomization strategy) and interpretable in the long run. Putting effort into the generation of rich metadata (data documentation) raises concerns of high costs without gains. But if data are not understandable, then they frankly are quite useless. In this workshop, we will present preliminary empirical results on the documentation requirements for data re-use in psychology and a web-based tool called DataWiz which will support the documentation process accordingly. DataWiz will be free to use for anyone as a long-term service of the Leibniz Institute for Psychology.


The program is the same on both days

Day 1 (Nov 18, 15 - 18 CET) + Day 2 (Nov 19, 15 - 18 CET)

Time (CET) Presenters Session
15:00 h Roland Ramthun Welcome, overview
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15:10 h Katarina Blask
Erich Weichselgartner
Presentation and discussion.
Data documentation: Benefits and how to do.
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16:15 h Erich Weichselgartner Presentation and discussion.
Data documentation made easy with DataWiz.
See materials to download slides
16:45 h Ronny Bölter
Florian Grässle
Erich Weichselgartner
Practice session.
Using DataWiz for data documentation.
Bring your own data!
17:30 h All Wrap up and feedback


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Get to know the workshop presenters

Katarina Blask, PhD

Katarina Blask completed her PhD in social psychology and cognitive psychology at the University of Trier, Germany, and subsequently worked on a DFG project designed to provide further insight into the mechanisms of attitude formation that she had studied during her PhD. With her passion for research data as the primary outcome of the research process, Katarina Blask began working on several research projects focused on developing best practices for research data management in psychology and related disciplines. Based on her combined expertise in research data management and research methods in psychology, Katarina Blask was offered the opportunity to work as the operational manager of the Research Data Center at ZPID in August 2020. Katarina Blask regularly publishes her findings in articles in various journals as well as in numerous data publications.

Ronny Bölter, M.Sc.

Florian Grässle, Dipl.-Inform.

Florian Grässle holds a master’s degree in computer science which he received during his studies of computational visualistics at the University of Koblenz-Landau. Specializing in usability engineering he is making sure the voice of the user is heard in every step of the software development process.

Roland Ramthun, M.A.

Roland Ramthun graduated from Trier University with majors in Computational Linguistics and Phonetics. After a few years of work as independent IT consultant and researcher within third-party funded projects, he became head of Information Technology and Head of Archiving and Publication Services at ZPID in 2019. Among his interests are the processes necessary to create efficient research infrastructures and software.

Erich Weichselgartner, PhD

Erich Weichselgartner received his PhD in Experimental Psychology in the Human Information Processing Laboratory at New York University, USA and subsequently did his postdoctoral qualification work (Habilitation) at Regensburg University in Germany. Among Weichselgartner’s interests in psychology are early human information processing and the theoretical aspects of psychological measurement. In his position at ZPID Weichselgartner utilizes his professional experience in IT and in information science and his knowledge in psychology to help develop high quality information systems for the scientific community. As early as 2002 he started to work on data sharing in psychology which is reflected in numerous lectures, publications and services of which DataWiz is the latest one.

Workshop materials

Slides for session 1: Welcome, Overview
Workshop DW II Folien RR.pdf

Slides for session 2: Data documentation: Benefits and how to do

Slides for session 3: Data documentation made easy with DataWiz

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The Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID) is a research support organization for psychology based in Trier, Germany. Its services support the entire scientific work process in psychology and it is committed to open science principles.