Some of the most influential research tools of the last century were created to ensure the quality of beer and extrapolate the results of agriculture experiments conducted in the English countryside. Though ostensibly about the placement of a decimal point, an ongoing debate about the application of these tools also provides a window for understanding… Read more »
Think tanks, evidence and policy: democratic players or clandestine lobbyists?
Depending on your perspective, think tanks either enrich the democratic space by conducting policy research and facilitating public dialogue and debate, or undermine democracy by pushing policies favoured by powerful corporate interests. Till Bruckner explains how Transparify are contributing to debate about think tanks’ role in evidence-based policymaking by assessing their levels of financial transparency. The Transparify report, released today, […]
The case for greater transparency in experimental and social science research
Proving public value can be an especially difficult task when high-profile cases of fraud in social science disciplines emerge. Rose McDermott makes the case for greater transparency in both the production and review of social science to restore the legitimacy … Continue reading →
FOI dataset provisions – what do they mean for RDM?
Records managers and compliance officers in UK Higher Education Institution should already be aware of changes to how the law on Freedom of Information deals with datasets. They affect universities as ‘public authorities’, but are they relevant to implementation of Research Data Management? The short answer is ‘yes’, even although one might be forgiven for thinking the new provisions don’t change much.