Project Guidelines

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The Lab provides access to hardware and instruments, software and computing power to users' projects.

Data Storage and User Responsibilities

The Lab also provides server space during the recording. When the recording is completed the data storage is the responsibility of the user and the recordings will be deleted from the server in the lab.

The Lab provides methodological advice and guidance.

Booking of Lab facilities and equipment is regulated through the University's calendar system in strict chronological order (first come, first serve). You need to have a valid user agreement to be allowed to book the facilities. Please note that block booking of equipment and rooms several days/weeks in a row in the absence of actual participants is not allowed.

Early contact

Well ahead of starting a new experiment/study/project in the Lab (including MA and PhD projects), all users (even experienced ones) must fill in a project application form, and then book a meeting with the Lab Director to discuss technical, methodological and ethical issues and any costs. This is especially critical if grant and other funding applications make reference to the Lab. It is also important to ensure maximum accessibility for different projects running in parallel, and to ensure that users have the necessary expertise.

User responsibilities

  • The Lab equipment is expensive and sensitive and must be handled with care. It is crucial that users have the required practical expertise. The obligatory initial consulting meeting will help provide further information if necessary.
  • All users should be familiar with the Code of Conduct in the lab.
  • For all projects (including MA and PhD projects) it is crucial that good ethical practice is followed (see below). It is especially important that the necessary ethics approvals are secured before a study is conducted. The project manager is ultimately responsible for research design, data collection, analyses and compliance with good ethical practice (see below). Lab staff can assist with these issues but is not responsible for research.
  • All users must sign a User agreement form (generated from the project application online). Each project should have one user agreement form. It is signed jointly with the Director. The agreement is archived in the Lab and a digital copy is sent to the user.
  • The project manager is responsible for data management, that is, the storage, back up and long-term archiving of research data. The Lab provides server space during the lifetime of a research (with some buffer time), but at the completion of the project, data is removed from Lab servers and the project manager is solely responsible for the data. The only exception to this rule is when data is archived on the Corpus server in corpus format with metadata in IMDI or CMDI format. Also note that project data on the Lab server is backed up with a retention period of one year. This means that in case of hardware failure, project data up with an age of up to one year can be recreated. For data older than one year, the responsibility of back up rests with the user. Users are therefore encouraged to secure their own backup regularly and will be reminded to do so once per semester.
  • Project managers must formulate a short project description for our list of projects page. Users should also mention the MULTILING Sociocognitive Lab in Acknowledgements in any ensuing publication alongside funders using the following formulation: “The author(s) gratefully acknowledge(s) MULTILING Sociocognitive Lab”.

Ethics and co-authorship

Research conducted in the MULTILING Sociocognitive Lab must comply with good research practice following the recommendations from the Norwegian Research Council and University of Oslo Ethics Guidelines. Ministry of Education and Research has created a guideline site on Research Ehtics.

Different levels of involvement by Lab staff have different implications for issues of co- authorship and intellectual property rights following the so-called Vancouver-rules (Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals):

  1. substantial contributions to the design, data collection and data analysis;
  2. work with the text writing and text revision;
  3. reading of and responsibility for the final article.

The staff involved can decline co-authorship if a study is outside of their own sphere of research interests.

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