Workshop series “Research Data Management in Austria”

Good Research Requires Good Data

Research data management in the social sciences

Date and venue: 09.03.2021; 10:00-12:00, online

Target group: Researchers in the social sciences

The event will be held in English.

Registration is required for participation.


Research data management (RDM) has become part of everyday scientific work for many researchers: RDM requirements partly come from employing institutions in the form of policies and guidelines, partly from funding bodies as funding criteria or simply as the establishment of RDM as good scientific practice to follow. This creates additional requirements for researchers, which we would like to meet with this webinar: We explain the basic features of research data management and highlight the challenges as well as support options – all with a focus on the social sciences. Specifically, we will address common (also legal) questions in research data management and show you which services AUSSDA – The Austrian Social Science Data Archive offers for the empirical social sciences.

For some time now, data management plans (DMPs) have been required by funding bodies for funded projects. In this webinar, we will also explore how DMPs benefit our social science research practice, what their limits are and how they make sense in the larger context of efficient research data management. After a more general introduction to the most important topics, we will turn our attention to everyday research. Using several examples from qualitative and quantitative fields, we present the use of a DMP as a useful tool throughout the research cycle.

There will be enough time for questions and discussion.

Please note that the event will be recorded and made publicly available afterwards.


  • Research data management in the social sciences – Basics, challenges and support (Lisa Hönegger)
  • Data Management Plan (DMP) and practical examples from the social sciences (Katja Mayer)
  • Q&A


Lisa Hönegger (AUSSDA) (Lisa Hönegger manages AUSSDA – The Austrian Social Science Data Archive, a national infrastructure at the University of Vienna, Graz, Linz and Innsbruck for the archiving of social science research data and, through H2020 projects, supports the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).)

Katja Mayer (ZSI/University of Vienna) (Katja Mayer is a sociologist at the Vienna Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) and runs the FWF project at the Institute for Science and Technology Research at the University of Vienna “Politics of Openness – Open Data Practices in the Computational Social Sciences”.),

Moderation: Susanne Blumesberger (RepManNet)


  • Hönegger, Lisa (9th March 2021). Research Data Management in the Social Sciences: RDM basics, challenges and support. [Presentation. Webinar for the event Research Data Management in Social Sciences]. Handle: 11353/10.1168878
  • Mayer, Katja (9th March 2021). Who is afraid of the Data Management Plan? Exploration of the DMPs as useful tools in the research process. [Presentation. Webinar for the event Research Data Management in Social Sciences]. Handle: 11353/10.1169818
  • Video recording of the webinar “Good Research Requires Good Data”. Handle: 11353/10.1173126

About the event series

The event series “Research Data Management in Austria” is aimed at researchers and/or research support staff and serves to promote networking and exchange on the topic of research data management, writing a data management plan and similar related topics.

The event will be organized by RepManNet, FAIR Data Austria, Open Science Network Austria (OANA), and AUSSDA.