Dealing with research data

The discussion hub on dealing with research data addresses central disputes and difficulties, which frequently lead to conflicts in academia. The hub’s goal is publish various resources such as discourse contributions, case studies or surveys, with a special focus on developing (realistic) guidelines. Covering frequent “data conflicts” as well specifics from different disciplines, these guidelines are supposed to complement and specify the standards for good research practice set out in the DFG Code of Conduct, equipping scientists and ombudspersons with tangible orientation to strengthen research integrity.

Working closely with experts, this project centres on:

  • defining research data as well as dealing with proprietary conflicts
  • fairness in regulating data use and accessibility
  • questions of data authorship
  • (ethical) questions concerning the mandatory publication of data

Scientists and scholars representing different disciplines, data curators, research data managers and those responsible for data infrastructure, library staff, 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 coordinator

Tel. +49 (0)30 20370 259


Research associate at the German Research Ombudsman since 2020. She studied English and Gender Studies at Humboldt-University of Berlin as well as King’s College London, completing a Joint PhD in English, 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, doing science communication, analyzing research data needs as well as working 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, 2022. DOI: 10.14361/9783839459669 )

Presentations and Workshops

„Authorship and Data Usage Conflicts in Ombuds Proceedings“ (Katrin Frisch and Nele Reeg; Workshop at the „Symposium for Ombudspersons for Good Scientific Practice“, 17th February 2023 in Berlin)

”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 presenatation

”Introduction to Good Scientific Practice“ (Katrin Frisch and Felix Hagenström; talk during the symposium ”Good Scientific Practice“, ZIBI, 29.09.2022). Outline of the presentation

”QRP and the limitations of the FFP definition of research misconduct” (Felix Hagenström, concept and preparation with Katrin Frisch and Nele Reeg; talk at the 7th World Conference on Research Integrity in Cape Town, 30.05.2022). Slides of the presentation

”Umgang mit Autorschaftskonflikten“ (Katrin Frisch and Nele Reeg; workshop for ombudspersons, Universität Leipzig, 19.11.2021).

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

”GWP und Forschungsdaten aus Sicht des ”Ombudsman für die Wissenschaft“: Einblicke in häufige Datenkonflikte und Lösungsansätze“ (Katrin Frisch, talk at the Research Data Alliance Deutschland Conference, 23.02.2021. Slides of the presentation

”Usage of Data“ (Katrin Frisch; workshop at the Research Day of the Weizenbaum-Institute, 26.11.2020)

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