FAIR NATIONAL ELECTION STUDIES: HOW WELL ARE WE DOING?

FAIR NATIONAL ELECTION STUDIES: HOW WELL ARE WE DOING?

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FAIR NATIONAL ELECTION STUDIES: HOW WELL ARE WE DOING?

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Title FAIR NATIONAL ELECTION STUDIES: HOW WELL ARE WE DOING?
URI http://doi.org/10.7802/1761
Primary Researcher Eder, Christina;GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Jedinger, Alexander;GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Publication Year 2018
Availability Freier Zugang (mit Registrierung)
Subject Area Politikwissenschaft
Abstract Election studies are an important data pillar in political and social science, as most political research investigations involve secondary use of existing datasets. Researchers depend on high-quality data because data quality determines the accuracy of the conclusions drawn from statistical analyses. We outline data reuse quality criteria pertaining to data accessibility, metadata provision, and data documentation using the FAIR Principles of research data management as a framework. We then investigate the extent to which a selection of election studies fulfils these criteria using studies from Western democracies. Our results reveal that although most election studies are easily accessible and well documented and that the overall level of data processing is satisfactory, some important deficits remain. Further analyses of technical documentation indicate that while a majority of election studies provide the necessary documents, there is still room for improvement.
Universe Large-scale election studies from Western democracies
Selection Method Non-probability: Purposive
Data Collection Mode Inhaltscodierung
Licenses CC BY 4.0
Publications Eder, Christina & Jedinger, Alexander. FAIR national election studies: How well are we doing? Eur Polit Sci (2018);https://doi.org/10.1057/s41304-018-0194-3

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