Submission to Te Ara Paerangi - Data in Research
reportposted on 2022-03-17, 01:14 authored by Nick JonesNick Jones, Michelle Blake, Richard M. Hartshorn, Ilze ZiedinsIlze Ziedins, Maui HudsonMaui Hudson, Bapon FakhruddinBapon Fakhruddin, Michael J. Plank, Matt Williams, Kristin StockKristin Stock, Blair HallBlair Hall
This submission is from a small group of colleagues from diverse backgrounds and roles in research who have convened around a common theme of data in research. The submitters come from a range of research sector backgrounds and roles. We embrace an inclusive definition of research including Mātauranga Māori, which assumes governance, leadership, and priority setting in relevant spaces belongs with Māori.
These interests lie in exploring values and principles, addressing policies and practices, and promoting goals and investments across a wide range of communities and institutions within the research sector. As we embark, our vision for the future is somewhat constrained by a high degree of fragmentation across the sector - there is no holistic view of the research data landscape, nor a recognisable body that aspires to establish a vision for this essential aspect of a modern research sector. Aotearoa New Zealand is not advanced in the capability to exploit research data and therefore unable to maximise the value of research data as an asset/taonga, and ensure reuse of data or reproducibility to increase the trust in science.
We need a strategic approach to data in research, one which builds the capabilities of communities, institutions, and individuals, and maximises the impacts and outcomes of such an investment for Aotearoa New Zealand as a small self-sufficient nation.