Questions concerning acquisition, handling, presentation, publication, and other practices related to use of data in academic research.

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Public dataset without license: what is allowed?

Many public scientific datasets are accompanied by a license, for example variations of Creative Commons are used quite often. However, in many cases public academic datasets lack any licensing ...
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Is it ok to share a a client's dataset on github, along with my code?

EDIT: I originally tried to make the context as brief as possible, but I may have overdone it. Context I'm starting to put some data analysis I'm asked to do on Github, and licensing all my work ...
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Whether to exclude standard deviation in plot of outcomes of a series of experiments?

I have performed 21 different experiments, which I have repeated 3 times in total (63 samples gathered). I plan to compare data using a bar plot. For bar plotting, I initially decided that I will ...
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What solutions exist to store data in text files and future-proof against tampering? [closed]

A recent question in Information and Security Stack Exchange, How to know whether a textfile has been edited or tampered with raises a very good point: if one wants to archive experimental data ...
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How to Start Biomedical Engineering Coadvisement

I am a BME PhD student at a top-tier university with interests in data science applied to medicine (specifically neuroscience). I am currently not able to work with one of the faculty (call him Bob) ...
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Sharing data (not a data set) with a research paper

How to share data accompanying a research paper? I know there exist some places to share datasets, but sometimes I would like to share data that are not data set (e.g. experiment parameters, results, ...
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Is it valid to pad an axis slightly in order to enhance point visibility?

My apologies in advance if this questions is better suited to be migrated elsewhere. In a standard (X,Y) Cartesian line/dot plot the axis should be placed in a contextually logical place. In a graph ...
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Is providing an unpublished dataset worthy of coauthorship?

I’m working on a paper and I realized I do not have an adequate dataset (for reference, this is in a subfield of machine learning), nor do I have the time to personally go and create one. A colleague ...
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How to share a scientific dataset with the research community

Background: I am a PhD student and am one step away from graduating. I have created a dataset in 3D microscopy vision, particularly 3D surface reconstruction from scanning electron microscope images, ...
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Data sets of academic conference budgets

I am looking for data sets of academic conference budgets. I am mostly interested in the expenditure/revenue breakdown. Ideally, other information such as as number of attendees and location would be ...
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Bulk download of arXiv (or other publication data set) with metadata AND citations

This is to extend the question: Getting a dump of arXiv metadata I would like to download arXiv in bulk, and found a useful answer above for using this syntax: ...
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Data sets of questions asked in conferences

I am looking for data sets of questions asked in academic conferences. Ideally, it should contain a timestamped transcript as well as some reference to the talk (e.g. the paper it was presenting), but ...
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Fail to reproduce results in a published paper. Is this an academic misconduct? [duplicate]

I've downloaded the source code and data published in a paper. I've followed their methods, in particularly, copied and pasted their sample code. Unfortunately, I've failed to reproduce the figures in ...
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Uploading online all Data used in thesis? [closed]

For my Ph.D work I used large volume of data which can not be put into my thesis. So, I am planning to put all this data online, so that other could download freely and cross check my work. It would ...
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Sharing MOOC forum data

I have the forum data for several MOOCs. Can I legally share it with someone else without going through IRBs or some other administrative process? The data contain timestamp, post title, post body, ...
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Data exchange between academic institutions

Is there any publicly available statistics on the amount of exchange of data that transit through Internet between academic institutions? (e.g. X TB yearly from institution A to institution B)
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How to convince and/or ask researchers to share data? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on gathering data for my MSc thesis. The problem is, for my type of research, there is VERY limited data that is freely available. Specifically, I'm looking to acquire baseline ...
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Citation - Collection of images for machine learning

I posted this question yesterday which leads to my current question. When I use a collection of images, which are not my own creation, to generate classifiers that an object-detection algorithm uses, ...
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Do I need IRB approval to study myeslf? [closed]

I am attempting to do my PhD "in the open", to treat the entire project of getting my degree (whose research is unrelatedly Computer Science), as a study. That is, I am going to collect my thought ...
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Copyright – use of images to train algorithm

I am working on a university project about computer vision. Part of my work requires object recognition, for which I would use cascade classifiers. These cascade classifiers need to be “taught” what ...
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Patent trial data set

I am looking for a data set that would list patent trials that involve an academic institution, if possible with the date, the parties involved and the outcome. I am aware of this list of number of ...
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Can I use data and images found online in my project report, under the fair use clause in copyright law?

I am a mechanical engineering graduate student, and am working on my final project. I am doing a finite element analysis of a particular phenomenon. I was hoping to find test data of that particular ...
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What is the difference between DBLP and Microsoft Academic Search Graph Dataset?

Recently Microsoft has released a dataset, Microsoft Academic Graph. I have used DBLP dataset before. I want to know what is the difference between these two datasets.
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Can you present data on non-participants?

Are you allowed to present data on those who declined to participate in your study? The following is an excerpt from a study on whiplash-traumas where the authors clearly publish some basic ...
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Are there open-access, free, non-topical academic data and research archives?

I am looking for an archive where anyone can deposit both data and research papers, which does not require creators or users to pay, does not require registration for users to access materials (hence ...
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Revisiting a paper?

I am researching the field of micro (and some macro) economics. I wrote an article that is forthcoming. One key limitation I had, was some missing data. Now, some quite time later, I was able to get ...
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Organizing data and files

Over the last four years I did a bunch of experiments (biotechnology, protein purification). Some of them are more valuable, some of them were just poorly designed (e.g. temperature not controlled, ...
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Is it unethical/unscientific to omit outlier data in a publication when they are in FAVOR of your argument?

I have a scatter(log-)plot with some 10,000 data points that plots the running time of some algorithm against the input on random instances of some problem. I have a lot of these plots, and due to ...
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Experiment by using a Matlab's demo data set and publish to journal/conference

I hope my question is within the topic of this forum. I would like to test an algorithm to a real application data and publish in a journal/conference. However, I cannot acquired my own data set ...
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Why don't grants from publicly-funded organizations systematically demand code and data to be released?

I wonder why publicly-funded grants do not systematically demand from the recipients that code and data to be released, and results/papers to be publicly accessible. (put aside data that raise privacy ...
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How to deal with sensitive individual data in open science?

I work with governmental register data, which includes sensitive information about individuals, and therefore cannot make datasets available to the public lest I risk violating the privacy of my ...
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How do I get a DOI for a dataset?

A DOI is a commonly used digital object identifier to refer to an electronic document. How do I secure a DOI for a research dataset, to help share and identify it?
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How can I protect open research from being plagiarised?

Since open research is about publishing data which are accessible to all, what kind of actions should I take to prevent open research from unauthorised copying or its data being plagiarised without ...
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How to highlight a novel dataset creation in a research paper?

I'm currently working on a minor problem in information extraction. The idea behind the system is relatively simple and contains small modifications of existing algorithms. However in the process, I ...
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Is it ethically defensible to attain consent on an opt-out basis in a newspaper?

I frequently find notices in my local newspaper from researchers who are in the process of doing follow-up research on some study that they conducted a few years back. There, they provide an overview ...
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Ethical considerations in publishing raw data

Apart from taking measures to maintain confidentiality, do I need my ethical approval to specify permission to publish raw data along with my study? I'm trying to facilitate reproducibility in my ...
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When did it become commonplace for data set providers to ask users to cite their paper(s)?

Nowadays data set providers typically ask data set users to cite their paper(s) introducing the data set. When did this practice become commonplace? (Given what I read on this page, I feel the ...
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Are there any academic data sets that force users to release any source code written to analyse them?

I am curious to know whether there exists any data set that forces users to publicly release any source code written to analyse it.
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I'm looking for an application or workflow which integrates data values into the writing process

Currently, on all of my projects, I do my data analysis, create my figures, put them into a word document, and then I start writing. I say things like "We saw a 35% reduction in the effectiveness ...
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Professor wants my “non-funded” master's data

I have recently abandoned my master's program. Long story short, she was a very strict director who always put me down. I didn't get along with her, and she never gave me any emotional or financial ...
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How can an IT undergrad become a Data Scientist.?

I know asking undergrad questions are not well received here. But I don't know any other place have the standard of this place. I am a Bachelor of Information technology student. I am maintaining a ...
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How to answer to this polite, but strange request?

I am a young postgraduate researcher, and I have developed an algorithm to measure the blood flow from echographic signals in a novel manner. I currently only have one published paper from my ...
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Where do you place the link to open data in a manuscript?

Assume you are writing a manuscript and you have uploaded your raw data to a relevant hosting site (e.g., The Dataverse Network, FigShare, etc.). Where in the manuscript should you indicate a link to ...
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Data supporting educational entertainment media as an ineffective method to stimulate students to learn academic concepts outside of the classroom?

I define educational entertainment media as books, films, animation, video games, board games, toys, and such, designed with embedded practical examples of academic concepts. I am unfamiliar with a ...
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Which tense to describe the analysis on a dataset?

It is normal to analyze a dataset in a paper. I am not sure when to use present/past tense to describe how you analyze the data and what your results are. Here I use a short example text to illustrate ...
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Freedom of Information (FOI) requests: multiple questions or single question per request?

In England and Wales at least, Freedom of Information requests are a legitimate research technique to use for obtaining data on occasions when (a) they are applicable, and (b) other avenues have been ...
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Sensible measures to ethically use freely available, but personal web-based comments in research?

In a range of fields (I have in mind gender and sexuality) users make Internet comments revealing personal details about themselves. Some sites even automatically link to their personal Facebook ...
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How do you organize your research?

I am doing a lot of reading and experimenting to dig deeper into my research topic. In our institute we have weekly meetings, were we present our latest research. Often my professor asks me questions ...
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How to integrate partial version control, data exchange and research assistants?

Currently, my coauthors and I use GitHub to collaborate in coding and writing but also in data exchange. We have a lot of data, often not in text format (e.g. pdf). Most of this is collected by ...
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How are DOIs managed for ongoing time-series?

I'm familiar with DOIs been allocated to historic time series, to give academics a unique, citable identifier for datasets. Similar to how a DOI is allocated to a specific journal article. As the ...