For the handling of research data, the GIGA has drafted a Research Data Policy, which is effective since December 2017 for all GIGA team members.
The GIGA Metadata Database provides an overview of the large amount of quantitative and qualitative research data generated at GIGA as well as the available access options.
Research data, unlike other types of information, is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results." Edinburgh University Data Library Research Data Management Handbook, August 2011
Research data include quantitative data such as survey data and measurement data as well as qualitative data such as interview recordings and transcripts, field notes or audio-visual information. Geo-referenced data, questionnaires, software and the results of experiments and simulations can also be classified as research data. The GIGA researchers generate a large variety of research data. Depending on the research discipline, research data is processed through the use of various types of media, aggregation levels, and formats. The variety of GIGA research data reflects the diversity of research disciplines, knowledge interests and research methods that are represented at the GIGA.
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