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Research Data

To start, process your data

How to anonymize your data, clean up your CSV files, annotate your videos, photograph your field?
We offer some resources to get you started. 


Do you conduct surveys? Do you want to anonymize your data so that you can share it?  

[Video] Anonymisation: theory and practice (part 1 of 3), Mark Elliot (NCRMLicence Creative Commons




Are you a sociologist, historian? If you take photographs in the field, here are some recommendations using a camera or telephone.  Objective: better manage your images.

Before the shooting

Settings to be made once in your camera or phone.

Prefer JPEG format without compression or with the lowest compression possible.

Choose the highest resolution. For example: 10M(illon pixels) or 4096 x 2304

Date and Time
Check that this information is up to date, especially if there is a time zone change and your device does not update this information automatically.

Indicate your initials or preferably your name in the author field, if possible.

► After the shooting

Copy the files to your computer or Institutional Google DRIVE. Organize the files in a tree structure (e. g. place, subject, date, etc.).

Rename the files
For more information, see the Organizing data page of this guide.

Do you want to assign keywords, captions and other attributes to your files?
Modify metadata:

  • The best way is to use image management software to edit metadata. This will allow you to make batch changes, such as associating a keyword with a series of images.
    For more information, see Manage your images (Organize Files).
  • Without software, you can also modify your metadata directly from the settings.

Alternatively, you can use a table-type tracking file to record where the picture was taken, the context (street visit, regional archives, etc.) or the names of people or contacts. 

Any questions about the images? How to find reliable sources? How to name them?
Caroline Maufroid, iconographer at Sciences Po can help: caroline.maufroid@sciencespo.fr.
Find many resources on the guide Iconographie.


L'atelier de méthodes de Sciences Po

METAT is a workshop to support research methods in the humanities and social sciences: each month, a three-hour slot for reflection, practice and training on research methods.
METAT is an open house workshop that takes place every second Tuesday of the month from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm on the Paris campus of Sciences Po.  
More information


Séminaire de méthodologie de Sciences Po

MetSem is a place for exchanges and sharing of tools and methods in the humanities and social sciences.
This seminar is open to all. The sessions are intended to be didactic and aim to provide the keys to the methods discussed and to provide the best possible training for participants.

Programme, registration and archives: https://metsem.hypotheses.org/

Médialab Tools

The tenth research centre of Sciences Po, the médialab was created in 2009 to help social science and humanities researchers make the most of the mass of data made available by digital technology. It has three main missions that are highly integrated: methodology, analysis, theory.
The medialab team develops a large number of software programs that make it possible to organize, automate and visualize research on natively digital or digitized data.

Find the tools of the medialab: 



Methods seminar organized by the Network Méthodes Analyses Terrains Enquêtes en SHS (MATE-SHS). The principle of this webinar is to ask ITs or researchers (ideally members of Mate), users of a method or tool (such as software), to present this method or tool to participants, taking care to rely on a treatment they have had to do, or are currently doing.

Programme and network registration:

Credits: This guide is written by the Library Research Data team in collaboration with the Sciences Po research centers, the Office for Research (DS) and the Office of Information Systems (DSI). For more information, please contact the Data team: data.bib@sciencespo.fr. Translation : Anita Beldiman-Moore, Sophie Forcadell from the Library.

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Dernière mise à jour: Oct 18, 2021 5:34 PM