Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 371–382 | Cite as

Trust and the collection, selection, analysis and interpretation of data: A scientist’s view

  • Stephanie J. BirdEmail author
  • David E. Housman


Trust is a critical component of research: trust in the work of co-workers and colleagues within the scientific community; trust in the work of research scientists by the non-research community. A wide range of factors, including internally and externally generated pressures and practical and personal limitations, affect the research process. The extent to which these factors are understood and appreciated influence the development of trust in scientific research findings.


assumptions data analysis data collection data interpretation data selection research design trust 


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  1. 1.
    This paper is derived from work included inHandling Research Responsibly: Issues for Scientists and Engineers created by the National Science Foundation Consortium for the Production of Educational Modules for the Teaching of Research Ethics, funded by NSF SBR9213642 and edited by Deni Elliott, Robert Arzbaecher, Edward M. Berger, Stephanie J. Bird, Jeffrey L. Doering, Bernard Gert, David E. Housman, Judith Swazey, Vivian Weil and Patricia Werhane.Google Scholar
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    Prepared by Eve K. Nichols (Whitehead Institute, MIT) and Stephanie J. Bird with David E. Housman.Google Scholar
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    Guertin R P (1995) Commentary on: How are scientific corrections made? (by N. Kiang).Science and Engineering Ethics 1: 357–359.Google Scholar

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© Opragen Publications 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyMassachusetts Institute of Technology, E17-541CambridgeUSA

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