EDDI Conference System, EDDI13 – 5th Annual European DDI User Conference

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Managing and Sharing Data within the Collaborative Research Center SFB 882 in Practice: Data Documentation within a Virtual Research Environment for the Social Sciences.
Johanna Vompras, Christoph Broschinski

Last modified: 2013-10-10


With the promotion of a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) by the INF project (integral part of the SFB 882) advisory and developmental services in the domain of information infrastructure are provided. The VRE combines both a work and a project-specific research platform. The work platform bundles various tools for administration, project management, and time- and location-independent collaboration in a single environment adapted to researcher's specific working processes. The research platform combines data management with further developments of social science methodologies - with a strong focus on scientific information handling (like archiving, re-use or sharing of data sets) and standardized data documentation. Our infrastructure is built upon on a web-based cloud framework (ownCloud) and provides researchers functionalities as integration of shared storage devices, calendar synchronization, and collaborative editing tools.

In this demonstration, we will practically 1) show up the technical challenges in building-up a VRE for the social sciences and 2) present the current state of our development of the DDI documentation component. It is implemented as an "ownCloud App" and supports an easy-going documentation across several stages of the research data life cycle - by including the collected, processed, and already annotated data within the VRE.

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