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FAIR NATIONAL ELECTION STUDIES: HOW WELL ARE WE DOING?

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Eder, Christina (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
  • Jedinger, Alexander (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
Publication Date
2018
Description
  • Abstract

    Election studies are an important data pillar in political and social science, as most political research investigations involve secondary use of existing datasets. Researchers depend on high-quality data because data quality determines the accuracy of the conclusions drawn from statistical analyses. We outline data reuse quality criteria pertaining to data accessibility, metadata provision, and data documentation using the FAIR Principles of research data management as a framework. We then investigate the extent to which a selection of election studies fulfils these criteria using studies from Western democracies. Our results reveal that although most election studies are easily accessible and well documented and that the overall level of data processing is satisfactory, some important deficits remain. Further analyses of technical documentation indicate that while a majority of election studies provide the necessary documents, there is still room for improvement.
Sampled Universe
Large-scale election studies from Western democracies
Sampling
Non-probability: Purposive
Collection Mode
    • Content Analysis
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Organization
    Number of Units: 18
    Number of Variables: 49
    • File Name: FAIR_Election_Studies_Data.dta
      File Format: application/x-stata
      File Size: 35571
      Data Fingerprint: f1efbcb8fc09539053b50e45d3a43c8f
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
Availability
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Free Access (with Registration)
Rights
CC BY 4.0
Publications
  • Eder, Christina & Jedinger, Alexander. FAIR national election studies: How well are we doing? A. Eur Polit Sci (2018);https://doi.org/10.1057/s41304-018-0194-3

Update Metadata: 2019-09-30 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2018-11-14

Eder, Christina; Jedinger, Alexander (2018): FAIR NATIONAL ELECTION STUDIES: HOW WELL ARE WE DOING?. Version: 1. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.7802/1761