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Melanie Rügenhagen (M.A.)




Field of research:

Research Integrity


Melanie Rügenhagen is manager of the HEADT Centre and does research for her dissertation in the field of research integrity with a focus on qualitative research data. She also coordinates the MA Digital Curation (since 2014), which is an international joint study programme offered by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and King’s College London. It is closely tied to digital long term archiving. That is the area Melanie did research on for her master’s, which she finished at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science (2014). She continued research in that field on the project “National Hosting of electronic Resources” (2014-2016).

Fields of Interest:

Melanie Rügenhagen does research on the quality of qualitative data, especially ethnographic data. There are many approaches to defining criteria for ensuring the quality of qualitative research data. The fact that there is no common standard makes the quality of research in this area hard to evaluate and hard to prove. Yet it is unclear whether standards make sense for this kind of research. An important factor in determining this is current research practice. That leads to perspectives from the field (esp. ethnography-oriented disciplines) on (a) how researchers handle their data (from collection to archiving) and how their approaches make sense in their contexts, and (b) to what degree either researchers or external people (such as editors or readers from the public) can judge and trust the quality of research.

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