High-Energy Physics and Open Science: researchers’ attitude towards Open Science and sharing practices. All the information you need about the survey

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Xiaoli Chen

Xchen74@sheffield.ac.uk / Xiaoli.chen@cern.ch

Purpose of the research

Open Science is an initiative to pursuit higher level of accessibility, interoperability of scientific research artefacts. The purpose of this research is to investigate the hypothesized dissociation between High Energy Physics (HEP) researchers’ awareness and practice of Open Science, and correlation between their receptiveness of groupware and sharing practices. The survey asks questions about researchers’ attitude on Open Science and specific “open practices” to identify common factors that shape their practices. The outcome of the survey will help us understand how information services can better support the HEP community in pursuing Open Science.

Who will be participating?

You are invited to participate if you are a formally trained participle physicist; both experimental and theoretical physicists are welcome, although you will be asked different questions due to the different working patterns.

What will you be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete a survey, which is expected to take around 15 minutes. The survey will ask questions about your opinion towards Open Science and your experiences in developing various research skills and training that you have previously received.

What are the potential risks of participating?

The risks of participating are the same as those experienced in everyday life.

What data will we collect?

We will record your response to the questionnaire, which will result in a dataset ready for analysis.

What will we do with the data?

The data will be analyzed to derive quantitative evidence to test our hypotheses about Open Science in the HEP community. The results will be written up as part of the researcher's PhD thesis at the University of Sheffield, for publication in academic journals and for use in research presentations and teaching.

The survey results obtained using the web application LimeSurvey will be sitting on university server temporarily during the active period of data collection, once the survey is closed, raw data will be exported and stored confidentially on CERNBox, a secured cloud-based server provided by CERN IT with a capacity of 1TB, and backed up locally on researcher’s personal portable drive.

Will my participation be confidential?

Yes. Information that could identify you will not be disclosed to anyone except the researchers involved in this study, namely the Ph.D. candidate Xiaoli Chen, and her supervisor team Prof. Stephen Pinfield, Prof. Paul Clough and Dr. Suenje Tiessen-Dallmeier. Your survey and interview data will be anonymized for analysis and all your data will be stored securely. You will not be identified in any of the results.

What will happen to the results of the research project?

The results of this study will be reported in journal papers, and presented in my PhD dissertation which will be publicly available. A summary of the results together with anonymized survey data will be posted to Zenodo (www.zenodo.org), alternatively one can also obtain the report and data by contacting the researcher at xchen74@sheffield.ac.uk

By clicking the “next” button on the survey entry page, you express your consent to the following statements:

I confirm that I have read and understand the description of the research project, and that I have had an opportunity to ask questions about the project.

I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time before and/ or during the submission of the survey response without any negative consequences.

I understand that I may decline to answer any particular question or questions, or to do any of the activities. If I stop participating at all time, all of my data will be purged.

I understand that my responses will be kept strictly confidential, that my name or identity will not be linked to any research materials, and that I will not be identified or identifiable in any report or reports that result from the research.

I give permission for the research team members to have access to my anonymised responses.

I give permission for the research team to re-use my data for future research as specified above.

I agree to take part in the research project as described in the information sheet.

Note: If you have any difficulties with, or wish to voice concern about, any aspect of your participation in this study, please contact Dr Jo Bates, Research Ethics Coordinator, Information School, The University of Sheffield (ischool_ethics@sheffield.ac.uk), or to the University Registrar and Secretary.


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