Saturday, March 06, 2010

Concerning Best Practices in Research

1.What training is required for new research staff and what information do they need to be made aware of?

New research staff should first be made aware of their contractual obligations to observe and maintain policies, regulations and ethical requirements as to safeguard the appropriate application of research funds to ensure best practices are maintained. Beyond also being provided with the opportunities to acquire training in methods to develop good thesis and data collection techniques (such as these eGSA courses?) new staff should be acquainted with terms of research requirements and codes of conduct as exemplified by our resource list.

While there are great similarities among the provided codes such as QUT policies, Australian NHMRC regulations, Dupont and the like academic versus business requirements will vary across national and international domains and possibly the extent of their institutional research domains. It also appears that both academic and business codes of conduct share similar frameworks and influence each other in areas of collaborative interest. Our resource list provides evidence of close interconnectivity and collaboration among research organizations around the world which through their experience have encountered similar challenges in managing their research regulations necessitating quite explicit codification of employee requirements perhaps through bitter experience. Obviously ethical requirements are an often debated subject such as the Milgram Electroshock of 1961 or the Zimbardo Prison Experiments of 1971 at Yale University which were considered overly emotionally stressful for volunteer participants on an absolute versus relative approach to ethics (Zimardo:1973).

2. Why do research organizations need retention of data policies?

University and business research programs and institutes provide the environment to develop strategic and profit-making enterprises for the benefit of income earning divisions, shareholders or incubator spin-off corporations who often provide the seed financing required to conduct the research and employ the researchers. Policies concerning the confidentiality and provenance of research conducted seek to ensure competitive advantage in a global business environment often observed to provide challenges in terms of patent protection and infringement of intellectual property rights. The clearest example of recent public document policy oversight concerns the global warming debate and several hacked emails from the University of East Anglia in Cambridge England. Sufficient information security might have prevented the revelation that conflicts of interest and terms of peer review ethics may often come into question "in harsh daylight" even with the prevalence of well organized terms and codes of conduct and policy (Keleman: 2009). On the other hand, large corporations conducting unsustainable business practices have the most to lose from greater regulatory measures to curb industrial influence over research and have often been complicit in the ruination of research reputations among those who question their global business practices as described in numerous publications by Brian Martin at UOW.

Martin, B. (2001) "Environment and Public Health," Censorship: A World Encyclopedia, Volume 2, edited by Derek Jones (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001), pp. 740-743. [Accessed: March 6, 2010]

Keleman, P. (2009) "What East Anglia's E-mails Really Tell Us About Climate Change," popular Mechanics, December 1. [Accessed: March 6, 2010]

3.Identify professional divisions at your university and discuss what each of them does.

While this is a brief list (way to go exceeding our posting length!) it did acquaint me with a large number of Daejin University institutes providing confirmation of their associations and involvement where possible with internet references. Please consider this a brief of scan of a lenghty list.


Daejin University Academy of Daesoon Thought: Conducts Daesoon philosophy research considered one of East Asia's fastest growing religions.

Daejin University Institute of Local Economy: Conducts research into local technological competitive growth and innovation strategies.

Daejin University Institute of Construction: Conducts research inconstruction engineering and management to improve efficiency based upon collaborative efforts of industry, academia, and research exchanging and sharing technical knowledge, experience, and information through cooperation.

Daejin University Institute of Environment: Conducts research in energy, agriculture and design best practices.


Daejin University Institute of Industrial Technology/ Institute of High-Tech Materials: Conducts research in association with the KREONET-NOC the Korea National Science and Research Network.

Daejin University Institute of International Trade: Conducts research into developing international growth partnerships and business collaboration.

Daejin University Institute of Basic Science: Conducts science and technology research.


Daejin University Institute of Education Attached to the Graduate School of Education: Conducts education research.

Daejin University Institute of Reading Culture: Conducts research into literacy and literacy training.

Daejin University Institute of Chinese Studies: Conducts active research program in developing the university's Chinese market specialists orientation and cooperative development of the DUCC China campus programs. Daejin University is a Korean market leader in this offshore development.

Daejin University Institute of Humanities: Active in developing digital humanities archives.

Daejin University Institute of Northern Districts /Institute of Local Government's Policy: Assists in local and regional collaborative research projects in Pocheon County and Gyeonggi Province two of the fastest growing regions adjacent to Seoul.

Daejin University Institute of Social Capital: Conducts research into the value and application of social networks to increase individual and group productivity.

Daejin University Institute of Legal Policy: Conducts research in legal and legislative affairs.

Daejin University Institute of Cyber World's Culture: Conducts research into e-business, webometrics and social sciences.


Daejin University Industrial and Academic Cooperation Agency: Provides recruitment and employment assistance in cooperation with four regional growth markets in China and Korea.

Daejin University Center for Inauguration and Nurture of Enterprise Research: A research unit which develops information technology applications concerning security and trust, intelligence, multimedia convergence, wireless and mobile communications in a future oriented ever changing commercial environment.

Daejin University Center for Industrial Academic Cooperation: Through membership in the Korea Association of Industry, Academy and Research Institutes assists SMEs with fast paced and economical technical development. Focus is on next-generation growth industries in biotechnology, green technology, and nano information technology.

Daejin University Center for Intellectual Property: Conducts studies upon Information Security and Assurance such as modeling, simulations and applications including computing systems and devices.

Gyeonggi-Daejin Technopark: An SME business incubator located on campus with assistance and development plans with 80 knowledge-based high tech enterprises and research institutes around the province seeking to lead regional economic growth through local industrial and market development research. Companies include biotechnology, IT/electronics, auto components, medicine/chemistry, nanotechnology and mechatronics among others.

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