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Open data: new possibilities for knowledge communities

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Larisa Kosova
Russian Sociological Data Archive, NISP

Making data open is a task (particularly important) in Russia. Russian Sociological Data Archive (recently celebrated 6 years of work) considers this job as its main mission. Making data open stimulates some important processes providing development of knowledge communities in Russia. 1. It encourages horizontal links between researchers. Russian scholars always suffer from lack of regular interpersonal connections. Sharing of data breaks dissociation of Russian scientific society and stimulates emerging of research networks. 2. It increases quality of research. If one is to share collected data, s/he aims to do the best to follow the high methodological standards. On the other hand, analysis of trusted open data provides better base for further development of research. 3. Provision of empirical materials for teaching students in social and political science. Easily accessible trusted data improve analytical skills of the students for their future as scholars.

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