data policy

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.

Image: Creative Commons licenced by CC-BY Henry Swanson 420

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Northampton research data policy

The University of Northampton research data policy is now available online.

Miggie Pickton spoke at the last RDMF about data management initiatives at the University of Northampton and how their policy was developed. You can see her slides on the event page.

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New institutional data policy

The University of Hertfordshire has released a data management policy.

Image: University of Hertfordshire Learning Resource Centre,
Creative Commons licenced - CC-BY p_a_h

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STFC releases a scientific data policy

The STFC has released a scientific data policy, meaning that every member of RCUK has now issued guidelines on data management and sharing. The STFC policy builds on the RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy released in April 2011. It applies to all scientific data produced as a result of STFC funding, including grants, access to beam time at STFC supported facilities, and subscriptions to other organisations. Key stipulations (by theme) include:

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