What does Research Data Management mean in everyday practice? In this series of interviews by RDM Support, researchers share their experiences on various aspects of research data management. In this interview, PhD Mariana Simões about High Performance Computing (HPC).
What is the effect of pesticides on the health of surrounding residents? Mariana Simões is devoting her PhD to this question. To find answers, Mariana performs extensive analyses to combine data from all kinds of institutes.
“I started my PhD at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) in 2016. I'm looking specifically at the people that live near fields with crops where pesticides are applied. I want to find out if these people have more health problems than people who live further away. My PhD contract has a duration of three years, instead of four years, because I could work with existing data. For instance, I use data from Landelijk Grondgebruiksbestand Nederland and Basisregistratie Gewaspercelen. I use their crop maps for data on types of crops in agricultural fields in the Netherlands. To prepare this data for my analyses, I had to calculate the area of 29 specific types of crops in 4 different buffer sizes around each house in the Netherlands.”