Dealing with research data

The discussion hub focuses on how to deal with research data, addressing central disputes and difficulties, which frequently lead to conflicts in academia. This “conflict-centered vantage point” perspective of conflict serves as the starting point to expand and explicate existing guidelines. The hub’s goal is to formulate and publish various, differentiated articles such as discourse contributions, case studies or polls, with a continuous focus on developing (realistic) guidelines. These guidelines are supposed to complement and specify the standards for good research practice set out in the standards for best practice in academia defined in the DFG Code of Conduct, equipping scientists and ombudspersons with tangible orientation to strengthen research integrity. They also not only stem from research concerning frequent reasons for conflicts but are just as much trying to include discipline-specific obstacles.

Working closely with experts this project especially focuses on:

  • the question of a definition of research data as well as proprietary conflicts
  • fairness in regulating data use and accessibility
  • questions of data authorship
  • ethical questions concerning the mandatory publication of data
Scientists representing different disciplines, data curators, experts dealing with how to manage research data and the according infrastructures, library professionals, experts in the field of law, specializing in copyright issues and data protection as well as members of academic societies will be interviewed and connected through collective discussion forums.

If you have any questions or would like to contribute to the discussion hub with your experience in dealing with research data, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Dr. Katrin Frisch

Project coordination

Phone: +49 (0)30 20370 259


Academic associate at the German Research Ombudsman since 2020. She worked at Humboldt-University of Berlin as well as the King’s College London, completing a Joint PhD in English and Gender Studies, focusing on the interdependencies between right-wing ideology and English literature. After obtaining her degree, she was employed at the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, where she was doing science communication and worked in the field of research data and for the GenderOpen repository. She has further lectured at the Humboldt-University and the University of Potsdam.


Wissenschaftliche Fairness (Katrin Frisch/Felix Hagenström/Nele Reeg; Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2022. DOI: 10.14361/9783839459669 )

Speeches and Workshops

„Gute wissenschaftliche Praxis leben | Respektvoll, richtig und gut forschen – nur wie?“ (Katrin Frisch and Nele Reeg; Workshop on the topic of good research practice as part of the event „Junge Forschung an der HTW Berlin“, 18.10.2022). Outline of the workshop presentation

„Introduction to Good Scientific Practice“ (Katrin Frisch and Felix Hagenström; Speech during the event „Good Scientific Practice“ am ZIBI, 29.09.2022). Outline of the presentation

„QRP and the limitations of the FFP definition of research misconduct” (Felix Hagenström, Katrin Frisch und Nele Reeg; Speech during the 7th World Conference on Research Integrity in Cape Town, South Africa, 30.05.2022) Slides to the speech

„Umgang mit Autorschaftskonflikten“ (Katrin Frisch und Nele Reeg; workshop for ombudspersons, University of Leipzig, 19.11.2021).

„Forschungsdatenmanagement & Recht“ (Panel discussion with Elke Brehm, Katrin Frisch and Grischka Petri within the 2nd Sächsische FDM-Tagung, 22.09.2021).

„GWP und Forschungsdaten aus Sicht des „Ombudsman für die Wissenschaft“: Einblicke in häufige Datenkonflikte und Lösungsansätze“ (Katrin Frisch, speech within the Research Data Alliance Deutschland Conference, 23.02.2021 Slides to the speech

„Usage of Data“ (Katrin Frisch; workshop during the Research Day of the Weizenbaum-Institute, 26.11.2020).

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