Reproducibility Challenges in Empirical Social Science: Balancing Ethics and Transparency

8 May 2017, 14:00 - 16:00

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Free and open to all but Online Registration is required. Limited places.

Dr Nicole Janz  (University of Nottingham)


Reproducibility is seen as the gold standard of social science. Without a clear methodology description, access to data and other materials, we cannot replicate, trust and build on published work. Many journals and funders have therefore introduced new policies requiring research transparency before an article is accepted. At the same time, much of the work in the socials sciences relies on sensitive data in surveys or interviews that could endanger privacy or the well-being of human subjects. In light of this, this talk asks: Should the gold standard of reproducibility be applied to all research? How can scholars working with sensitive data ensure a degree of transparency that still protects privacy? The talk will integrate current debates, concrete examples and potential solutions.




Part of the Ethics of Big Data Research Group series

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