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Theresa Velden


"In my research, I focus on the diversity of science, rather than its unity. I am seeking to explain the variation across scientific communities in how researchers make use of web-based technologies to collaborate and exchange knowledge."


Scientific career

Since August 2018: Group Leader „Fachspezifische Formen von Open Science“, DZHW

2016-2018: IPODI Fellow at TU Berlin

2012-2016: Research Fellow and Research Investigator, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

2011-2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

2012: Instructor: Web Information Systems, Fall 2012, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

2005-2011: Ph.D., Information Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

2001-2005: Founding Executive Director of Heinz Nixdorf Center for Information Management, Max Planck Society, Munich, Germany

1998-2001: Managing Editor of Living Reviews in Relativity, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Golm, Germany

1997: Diploma in Physics, University of Bielefeld, Germany


Research interests

  • Scientific communication, collaboration and information sharing, open science
  • Ethnographic study of the collective production of scientific knowledge
  • Mixed methods: integrating network analysis with ethnographies
  • Scientometrics, science mapping
  • Science of Data Science






IPODI Research Project

Will Data Sharing Mandates Help Improve the Reliability of Scientific Knowledge?

Duration: 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2018

Mentor: PD Dr. Jochen Gläser, Zentrum für Technik und Gesellschaft

Abstract: The proposed research investigates how increased data sharing can help to improve the reliability of scientific knowledge, a claim repeatedly made in the public debate about the irreproducibility of published research. The project will focus on field specific rationales and practices of scientific replication and examine their dependency on data and data sharing. The aim is to develop a theoretical model that explains how replication practices and data sharing behaviors are causally linked to epistemic properties of fields. A comparative ethnographic field study will investigate field specific incentives and disincentives for making data available for the specific purpose of scientific replication. The results of the project will fill a critical gap in our understanding of scientific replication practices and help assess the potential impact of data sharing mandates on research communities and the reliability of scientific knowledge.

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