How can Research Infrastructures contribute to the research impact of researchers?
A Research Infrastructure offers a variety of opportunities for researchers to increase the impact of their work. By having research data included within the environment of a Research Infrastructure, a researcher can guarantee that his or her data are managed long-term, allowing them to keep being used and, therefore, to remain relevant. Apart from that, by adhering to the standards of a RI, the research data can also become interoperable with the data of other researchers. This enables researchers to – automatically – enrich each other’s data collections, as they now refer to one-another. As a result, researchers can draw conclusions based on a bigger collection of data, which improves the scope of the research or the trustworthiness of the conclusions. As soon as a researcher starts a project, he or she already stands on the shoulders of giants, reaping the benefits of the research data of the peers as well.
Apart from being a digital infrastructure, a RI is – at its core – a network of people and knowledge. Being part of a RI allows researchers to collaborate, to challenge each other’s assumptions, to inspire one another and to share data and insights. An individual researcher can use such a platform as his soap box. Publications, newsletters and website announcements, conferences and workshops, training events, working groups and other on- and offline activities organised by RIs are only some opportunities for researchers to present and share their work or to find like-minded people to set up future collaborations.
The following quotes taken from feedback to several EHRI seminars might give you an impression of a RI as a source of inspiration and a knowledge network:
- Watch Arjan van Hessen (CLARIAH) and Toma Tasovac (DARIAH-RS) reflecting on what RIs can do to enhance individual researchers’ impact and what they cannot do.
As a researcher working in the field of speech recognition, Arjan van Hessen sees two kinds of benefits researchers can derive from a RI. Find out what these benefits are and watch the video!
Toma Tasovac doubts that RIs are currently in a position to influence an individual researcher’s impact as much as they should. Watch the video to find out the reasons for this opinion!
- Watch Steven Krauwer (CLARIN ERIC) and Toma Tasovac (DARIAH-RS) for a deeper understanding of RIs as a knowledge-networks.
What is it that makes a RI appealing to researchers? Find out how Steven Krauwer answers this question and watch the video!
What does the term Reasearch Infrastructure mean to Toma Tasovac? Watch the video and find it out!
To learn more about Research Infrastructures and Standards visit the PARTHENOS Training submodule “What are Standards?”, consult the leaflet “Why standards” or get to know the SSK.
- What are Standards?
- Why standards?