SRAI 2022: Investigators examining conduct concerns may need to sequester non-public research data, consultant says
Publicly available data is only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of what might need to be examined when an institution is investigating concerns about research conduct, according to a specialist in ‘research data forensics’—the practices used to find other relevant data for analysis.
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This data will need to be sequestered by investigators using a thorough process for analysis alongside public data such as published research papers, Walsh (pictured) explained at the SRAI meeting in Las Vegas on 3 November.
Non-public data would ideally include raw data such as image files from a laboratory, as well as metadata like notebooks, Walsh said.