Launched with our Spring 2023 issue, the data papers sections in NECSUS features one or more data papers in every issue. This section, like the Audiovisual Essay section, is a curated section in which data is published alongside a documentation and discussion.
A data paper is usually understood as a publication of a data set on a specific topic with an associated documentation. This documentation describes how, when, and why the data was collected and what the data set contains. The documentation might also contain a critical reflection on the selection of data, the questions one could raise in conjunction to the specific data set, and suggestions for future research. Besides the publication of the data itself (which can be published with a persistent identifier in the media-studies repository media/rep/ or in other institutional repositories that guarantee long-term storage), a data paper should consist of the following sections:
- Introduction (contextual information about the project and the origin of the data; an explanation of the potential of the data set)
- Methods (type of data collection, sampling methods, materials and codes used, use licenses)
- Description of the dataset (descriptors and identifiers of the data)
- Conclusion (potential for further research)
Data Papers is edited by Alexandra Schneider (firstname.lastname@example.org, Mainz) and Malte Hagener (email@example.com, Marburg). We look forward to receiving abstracts of 300 words, including 3-5 bibliographic references, 4-5 keywords, and a short biography of 100 words at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please get in touch if you have any questions.