Dr Eric Maris
I'm a neuroscientist working at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Radboud University, Nijmegen). Prior to my switch to neuroscience, my main field was applied statistics and methodology for the behavioral sciences, in which I also obtained my PhD (University of Leuven, Belgium). Currently, I lead a project group on Research Data Management (RDM) that develops an RDM facility for the Donders Institute (the Donders RDM pilot). This RDM facility consists of a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) centering around a digital repository. These SOPs describe how researchers will document their data acquisition, data analysis, and scientific reporting. Moreover, the same facility will be used to share the data of every published study (with documentation) of the Donders Institute, allowing colleagues of other institutes to reproduce our findings, or to use our data for different research questions. My main motivation for contributing to the Donders RDM pilot is that I expect that documenting the scientific process and sharing data will contribute to the replicability of the results of scientific research. The Donders RDM pilot must not only produce an RDM facility for the Donders Institute, but also serves as a pilot project for the whole of the Radboud University. The project is financed by the Board of the University and the project group's members are researchers, IT support staff, library support staff, and legal experts.