data policy

New AHRC Data Management Plan template

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is making some significant changes to its research data policy implementation. From Monday 29th March 2018, it is removing its requirement for a Technical Plan and as such disbanding its Technical College. In its place will be a requirement to submit a Data Management Plan. This will be mandatory for all Research Grants, Follow on Funding and Leadership Fellows proposals.

There will be a period of crossover between Technical Plans and Data Management Plans when both plans are in the system. Any proposals that are being considered for submission should start using the Data Management Plan. As such, the DCC has added the new template to its DMPonline tool. Now, when you select the AHRC as your funder, two template options appear. We will retire the AHRC Technical Plan template when the new requirements are in force.

Homepage image credit: CC-0 'Template' by Marcu Iochim 

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New DMP templates

There are some new DMP templates in DMPonline for you to look out for. These reflect the new guidelines issued by the European Research Council (ERC) and the Wellcome Trust. 

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New policy recommendations on open access to research data

Policy recommendations have been published by EU project RECODE. The recommendations follow a series of case studies examining the challenges faced in five disciplines, and are addressed to research funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers.

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LIASA webinar

Brief report on a webinar given by Joy Davidson and Sarah Jones to the LIASA HELIG community.

Photo of South African flag by Mister-E: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mister-e/3050826409

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New resources

There have been loads of useful links circulated recently. As an aide-memoire and signpost to others who may have missed them, here's a quick summary.

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Policies for open research

I was tweeted some great questions about RDM and open access policies today and thought they warranted more than a 140 character response.

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A journey shared – on the road to research data management.

The workshop on developing institutional data policies held in mid-March helped institutions to come together to discuss different approaches and learn from each other. This article describes some of the lessons emerging from the workshop, complementing other reports on the same workshop.

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Turning roadmaps to action

Many UK Higher Education Institutions are setting out their 'roadmap' of actions to support research data management, to meet a deadline set by funding body EPSRC. Prompted by a workshop organised by DCC and JISC with the RoaDMaP project at Leeds University, Angus Whyte considers how a roadmap fits alongside documentation of policy and process.

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House of Lords debates research data curation and disclosure

Scrutiny of the Protection of Freedoms Bill brings calls from peers for 'temporary exemption' for data if researchers undertake to deposit in an archive. This is one of many amendments being considered that would bring FOI legislation in the rest of the UK closer to the Scottish law, exempting research intended for publication. But does this buck the trend towards openness? How can the legislation be tweaked to promote better data management as a route to more transparent research with reusable outputs?

 

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Tools for data management planning

The DCC ran a workshop at IDCC which brought together the teams that have developed the UK and US data management planning tools: DMPonline and DMP Tool.

The workshop initially looked at the data policies in each country that define requirements for data management and sharing plans. After coffee we had a demo of each of the tools and discussed future development plans.

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