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Can my university revoke my degree after it was granted due to (corporate) data having changed?

Revoking a degree is rarely done and, then, only for the most extreme reasons such as explicit dishonesty and such. Any results in any thesis are subject to revision as new information becomes ...
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Is there a rule to rather use points and not commas as decimal separators in academic writing?

(You did not specify the language of the paper, so I am going to assume that it is written in English.) There is no rule that in academia points must be used instead of commas. There is, however, a ...
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Creating a permanent URL to put in a publication

Maybe Zenodo or other "Academic Data Repository". Googling this would give you a list. Zenodo have some advantages. Gives you a DOI, Digial Object Identifier, a unique link and a academic standard ...
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Are PhD supervisors responsible for informing students about legal issues pertaining to research?

Good research practice (which I would argue is not country specific), requires an independent ethical review of any research that involves human subjects. A university can make blanket determinations ...
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I just realized that my published papers are based on a buggy version of my dataset (due to a SQL error). How to proceed? How to tell my advisor?

Oh no! This is bad news for sure, but try not to panic. The main thing is to rerun your analysis with the corrected dataset. Hopefully, you have been organizing your work in such a way that you can ...
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Author of public dataset requesting co-authorship: usual?

On the other hand, it seems unusual that the creator of an already published dataset would request co-authorship on a paper they did not otherwise contribute to. I do not think they are asking for co-...
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Creating a permanent URL to put in a publication

If you also have some code associated with this data that you might like to share, another option might be GitHub. You wouldn't host the 12GB dataset in a GitHub repository itself; instead you would ...
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What to do when being responsible for data protection in your lab, yet advice is ignored?

There is a trove of documents from Microsoft with advice on GDPR compliance, such as "Windows and the GDPR: Information for IT Administrators and Decision Makers" and has a pretty thorough explanation ...
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Reporting data dredging in a study

Yes. I would have a separate section of your paper entitled something like "Further exploratory analysis", report what you did and what you found, and note that until a study has been design to ...
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Is it ethical to reconstruct a dataset without permission?

Yes. This is published work, so you are free to do whatever you want with it, modulo the usual caveats. The fact that you are "reconstructing their dataset" is irrelevant; the key point is ...
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Is it appropriate to re-use data from previous publication for a new study?

Yes, that's not only appropriate, but -- next to replication -- a main purpose of publishing data. Not being able to build on published data would greatly limit the accumulation of knowledge and lead ...
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What to do when being responsible for data protection in your lab, yet advice is ignored?

Edit: I think I should add a little more background. I am in a PhD position actually hired for doing research. Yet due to my background in computer science, I am 'officially' responsible for ...
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Creating a permanent URL to put in a publication

There are services that provide enough to support 12 GB of data. For example, Figshare provides 20 GB of free space (file size limit 5 GB) for private storage and apparently unlimited public space. ...
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Is there a rule to rather use points and not commas as decimal separators in academic writing?

The ISO 80000-1:2013 standard allows the use of either "." or "," as a decimal point, but not a mixture of the two in the same document. It also says one should never use either ...
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What to do when being responsible for data protection in your lab, yet advice is ignored?

Your university should have some sort of data privacy compliance office. You absolutely need to talk to them. Well-meaning advice from strangers on the internet is great for giving you an idea of ...
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Author of public dataset requesting co-authorship: usual?

They can request whatever they like, but you don't have to accede to their wishes unless you think it is valid. If they don't actually contribute to the intellectual content of the paper, then they ...
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What is the preferable way to share data?

The most common and sustainable thing to do is to deposit the data in a research data repository. Depending on which one you choose, the data will get a persistent identifier, e.g. a DOI, can be cited ...
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Removing outliers. Would it be called cherrypicking data?

One major pitfall is going into analyzing the data without an a priori protocol to deal with outliers. Time to time, tension rises between analysts and investigators on whether a point should be ...
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Where to upload research data after article publication?

Have a look at Zenodo (https://zenodo.org/). It is free, gives you a DOI, and you can link your article with the data. It lets you upload 50 GB by default, but you can ask for more space if needed.
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Data used for analysis is not free. What should I do as a reviewer?

You asked, "How should I behave in this case?" Concerning completing the form, the answer is straightforward: No, the data is not freely available. However, I suppose that your question is ...
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Given a journal policy that authors must share original data, am I free to use this data without granting original authors authorship?

I'm not a fan of "mandatory authorship" on published information: I feel that once something is published, one should collect one's rewards by means of citation rather than by strong-arming people ...
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Are PhD supervisors responsible for informing students about legal issues pertaining to research?

Are PhD supervisors responsible for informing students about legal issues pertaining to research? Yes, they definitely are. They're not called "supervisors" for nothing, after all. But - that does ...
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Can my university revoke my degree after it was granted due to (corporate) data having changed?

Rest assured that few people read theses (PhD or otherwise), and as Buffy says, degrees never get revoked for outdated data sources so your degree is safe. However, if you are concerned about people ...
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Using other people's data for dissertation: ethical or not?

Unless the student claims that they collects the data himself/herself. I do not see any scientific misconduct in using other people's data with their permission. Of course collecting good data is a ...
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How do I acknowledge an equipment malfunction in a manuscript I'm submitting to a journal?

Maybe: "The first data point was lost due to a malfunction of the equipment." "Due to problems with the instrumentation, we could only obtain two HPLC values." You might need to ...
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Getting a dump of arXiv metadata

Shameless plug: I wrote a generic OAI harvesting tool, that will harvest Arxiv just fine. It's called metha and consists of a few commands: $ metha-sync https://export.arxiv.org/oai2 This will ...
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Where can I find hard data on students' reasons for being students?

This is an active area of inquiry in US academia, as market research for admissions departments and also as part of the larger investigation into student "success". Our dean likes to remind us that ...
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Author of public dataset requesting co-authorship: usual?

If you read the license (on the right side of the webpage you provided the link for), it states that "The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain ...
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Author of public dataset requesting co-authorship: usual?

All of the thoughts you raise about co-authorship are negative! The data folks might delay publication The data folks might shape the paper As others have said, this is in the public domain, so you ...
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