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The F of findable – Searching for existing data

The F of findable – Searching for existing data

Researchers are increasingly asked to make their research data – where possible – available to others for further research in a way that the datasets are FAIR: findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable. This policy focus implies that there are also still a lot of datasets – legacy data – that are not so easy to find or to re-use. If you are a researcher looking for existing data, which search strategies could you use?

“Beyond Sleep” – The search for the aerial photographs

“Beyond Sleep” – The search for the aerial photographs

Data collection, analysis, publication and preservation have been core business of the academic world and its institutions for ages. Still, depending on one’s background, discussions about research data management could sound very new, strange, technical, fancy, confusing, ….or as a new layer of red tape. One might even forget the motivation and different reasons for doing it. Let’s leave all the policies, regulations, protocols, laws and IT projects aside for a moment and join Alfred Issendorf, the protagonist of the novel "Beyond Sleep", in his fieldwork and especially the search for existing data.