1000th data collection in ReShare

Article dated: 13 December 2016

Not yet in the book of World Records, but a true record none-the-less! Congratulations to Prof Lucy Henry and Dr Laura Crane from City, University of London and Dr Rachel Wilcock from the University of Winchester for depositing the 1,000th data collection in our ReShare repository.

Photo: UK Data Service Veerle Van den Eynden with Lucy Henry and Laura Crane, 1,000th data collection in ReShare.

The data result from the "Access to Justice for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)" project that examined how children with and without ASD fared during the different stages of a criminal investigation, and considered the best ways of eliciting reliable evidence. The purpose of this research was to find out more about the strengths and weaknesses of children as witnesses, as well as identifying the best ways to support this group during a criminal investigation. 

The data were gathered from experiments, mock police interviews, cross-examinations and juror perception assessments with 274 children with and without ASD (in the age range 6-11 years), and 260 adult mock jurors. Whilst metadata and documentation are already accessible, the data files themselves remain under embargo for 12 months whilst the researchers finalise their publications.

Lucy and Laura commented "This was the first time we prepared and uploaded data from an ESRC grant to the ReShare repository. Whilst it required some extra time to get our data files into good shape and well documented, the online guidance was great and the ReShare staff were very helpful via email and phone to help with any questions we had. Also the video showing the process for uploading the data made the procedure very clear. We definitely learned more about good principles for data handling and naming from the process, and this will be very helpful for future projects."

Our ReShare repository has the capability to hold and make available to the research community such sensitive data thanks to our range of access options. Its infrastructure has advanced considerably since its inaugural dataset in August 2008. Nigel Harvey of University College London was the very first researcher to self-deposit data in our, then called, ESRC Data Store repository. During those 8 years, our repository infrastructure has developed significantly, with ReShare now providing an easy and streamlined way for researchers to deposit and publish their datasets for future reuse.

Join the other 1,000 depositors and publish your research data in ReShare today.

See our short video on how to deposit data in the ReShare repository.

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