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

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Could research data fall under the Freedom of Information Act?

When I refer to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) I mean either the federal act or similarly implemented state laws. Clearly the validity of such requests would have to be limited to institutions ...
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Should excavation data be available to those who request it? [on hold]

Many excavations are funded, at least in part, with taxpayer money. In addition, an archaeological excavation, by its nature, destroys the original information, preventing anyone from finding the same ...
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Is this Computer Assisted Content Analysis (NVivo 10) good enough? [closed]

I am using NVivo 10 to look at a dataset of around 13 000 user reviews from Google Play. I have two pre-defined categories that I'm interested in searching for. These categories are based on key ...
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Any free source of data for web security/database security issues for my thesis? [migrated]

I'm still thinking of a topic for my bachelor's thesis. I'm thinking of something like machine learning application on web security/database security. Problem is, in machine learning I need to have ...
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How do I get a citation dataset with full text articles in PDF format?

I am doing research in text mining. For that I need a dataset which contain full text PDFs of research paper articles, and all articles should be related with each other in terms of citing. There are ...
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Is it a good idea to connect data points on a plot to increase readability in slides?

I have a graph of points from a set of experiments, that I want to present on a slide. The important information in the graph is both the values of the points, and more significantly, that the green ...
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Same data, new method, same outcome – can I publish it?

I applied a new method to a data set, which had already been analyzed in a research paper. My method is generally considered better, but it only slightly modifies the results and does not affect the ...
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IRB guidelines for secure online data storage, backup, and syncing?

I am asking to get people's success stories in presenting a data management case for secure data backup using remote online services, rather than the antiquated "server in a locked room" model of ...
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Best strategy to learn programing for graduate research data analysis in biology

I'm actually asking this question on behalf of a sibling who's pursuing a PhD in Biology. While I'm a Mechanical Engineering student and am "computer-savvy" and experienced in learning programming ...
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How to obtain number of publications by year on a given subject?

Does anyone know of a good way to obtain data on the number of publications per year on a given subject? Scholar has an option to sort search results by date, but there does not seem to be an ...
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Asking for data as a student - ease the pain

I'm a bioinformatics bachelor graduate. The group I'm currently working for does not produce its own data. So I often have to search the literature for available data sets. Luckily, tons of ...
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Framework Analysis: Can framework analysis (Ritchie, Spencer & O'Connor) be applied to open-ended survey question responses?

Details: I am building a web application for teachers and educators. The web application takes a new approach to looking at educational apps. I want to know if this approach is worthwhile, so I am ...
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Surface plots vs. colour maps

There are essentially two ways for plotting three-dimensional data: Colour maps (or heat maps)¹: Surface plots: While surface plots are quite nice to visualise data if you can interactively move ...
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How to get pornographic movies for scientific research purposes?

Recently, I have being planning to design an automatic pornographic movie detector with the machine learning knowledge that I just acquired. I am now in the stage of planning how to perform the ...
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How much can you trust a reference of a paper that is not available

It recently occurred to me that probably more often than it should happen, while reading someones paper, they see a reference to a different paper, and just use the reference without looking. In my ...
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Can we use students' class homework solution for research purpose?

A colleague of mine would like to compare 25+ different Java implementations of the same homework. Is it OK (ethically/legally in the US) to share my students' class homework solutions with him for ...
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How do I re-plot my results against existing results?

I need to compare my results with other result, so I need to re-plot the other author's results against my results. For example I want use this fig as a way of comparing results so is there any way ...
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Is there a license that prevents others from publishing my data before I do? [duplicate]

This is a hypothetical scenario that came to mind, so let's focus on the licensing part and not on the "why"-part. Let's say I want be a good open scientist and make my unpublished data available, ...
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Can I use facts from surveys which are done by others and are available on internet?

I am doing a research on family business and there are few survey available on internet providing a lot of key information/data. For examples, there is one detailed survey done by a accountancy firm ...
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Tools for data organising and processing

Suppose we perform experiments with input parameters (temperature, humidity, processing time...) and collect resulting data (thickness, structure, mech. properties...). Is there a tool (or set of ...
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Is there a standard format for sharing data?

We are writing a paper, and want to share the raw data. My advisor suggests that I share the data as an Excel file, but I believe that a plain text file (such as a text-delimited or comma-delimited ...
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Licence that converts to GPL after publication but is copyrighted prior to publication

I would like to post an repository on github that includes data and analysis code in R. The analysis and data forms part of a journal article submission. I'm happy for people to view the code and data ...
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Literature search: Finding the most reliable data

My problem: I need a value for a specific physical quantity. I found several papers with contradicting numbers. How do I make sure to not miss the most accurate data by e.g. missing the newest ...
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How can I show which data I'm using in my paper?

I've just started reading papers about speech recognition and algorithms on medium sized graphs (~800,000 nodes and 4,400,000 edges with some connected text data). I think a problem of these papers is ...
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Presenting data of complex tables

I finished some experiments on classification and I am now preparing for a presentation. The experiment yields data which will then be manually verified to determine if the data is correct or ...
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Biological data being used by an unpublished research paper is considered proprietary

This question may be too specialist to be on-topic here. In which case, please feel free to transfer it to another SE site, or close, as appropriate. I am planning to publish an applied statistics ...
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How to survey recommended course readings?

I am interested in analysing the selection and distribution of course readings given to students of middle eastern studies in universities internationally. By course readings I am referring to ...
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Is it legal/ethical to use data grabbed from a Stack Exchange site in a paper? [duplicate]

For example, I download all the content of Academia@SE, later analysis it in a data mining paper, and submit the paper in the end. Is it OK to do so? Do I have to ask the permission from the ...
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How complete are academic databases?

Right now I'm using Web of Knowledge, ScienceDirect, etc. to find papers to read and get some metadata. My university has a subscription, so this is nice. As far as I know these databases simply have ...
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Author Ambiguity in PubMed Search

Given a (rather large) list of authors, what is the best way to find the number of publications by each author? The big problem here is author ambiguity (which John Smith, etc.) - the author list we ...
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Ownership of the code

My advisor sets the problem. I implement the solution for this particular problem and for the set of similar problems using a programming language. My question is, can I put the code in the public ...
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Archiving papers, simulation and experimental data, etc?

Archiving of papers and projects is very important for most of the people, and everyone has a method of it. I, personally, try to have different folders for different papers. In the folder of each ...
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Software for extracting data from a graph without having to click on every single point?

There are many times when I am faced with the task of extracting data from a published graph (usually a bitmap image in an paper). For example, a scatter plot from which I would like to get a list of ...
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What should raise red flags to detect fabricated data

In academia, there has been recently some cases that came to light of very well known scientists that have fabricated their data out of thin air. In some instances these papers have been cited many ...
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Is it ethical to use a data-set made as a research assistant?

Two years ago I was a research assistant during my undergraduate and my sole duty was the aggregation of many economic surveys, a very tedious task. This data-set, to my knowledge is one of a kind. ...
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What is the principal investigator’s responsibility regarding data authenticity?

Every now and then, you hear stories of data being fabricated by a graduate student (or post-doc) who felt the pressure to publish groundbreaking results was too much. This unethical behavior makes me ...
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Do academicians consider Challenges on Kaggle to be research-worthy?

I am a somewhat new-ish member of Kaggle competitions with 1 submission. Do academics research via Kaggle challenges/competitions? If so are there any prominent names? If not why? They provide well ...
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Requesting raw data from previously published research

I am working on a mathematical model to help explain some experimental results and generate new hypotheses. Unfortunately, I have neither the resources nor interest to gather experimental data, but in ...
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Data publication basics - where, why, how, and when should I publish my unpublished data?

Many researchers have unpublished data. Some of this data may never be published as a manuscript. But I would like to make scholarly contributions of data that I have no intent on publishing, e.g. by ...
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How to get the data to reproduce a published result?

I'm studying published journal articles on my topic, and I'd like to reproduce their analysis. How can I get a copy of their dataset and enough specifications to reproduce their numerical results? ...