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data policy

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.

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.

The EU FP-7 project RECODE has released findings of its case studies in open access to research data. RECODE (Policy RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe) held its final conference last week in Athens, coinciding with publication of a short booklet summarising the project findings and the following ten over-arching recommendations:

Joy and I have just run a webinar organised by the Higher Education Libraries group of LIASA (Library and Information Association of South Africa). It was amazingly well-attended, with close to 100 participants representing virtually all of the 23 universities in South Africa and the National Research Foundation. We definitely need to take promotion tips from LIASA HELIG!
We spoke on four topics:

The University of Hertfordshire has released a data management policy.
Section 7 is on research data management specifically, and an appendix provides practical data management guidance for researchers.
Details are available on our institutional data policies list.

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:

The DCC has recently set up a mechanism to capture and reference examples of institutional research data management policies. We're doing this because we think it's useful to track their existence and because many people have told us that they would find it easier to create policies for their own institution if they could see some working examples. As a national coordination body, it's definitely our role to collate these.

The ESRC has released a new research data policy which draws on the OECD principles to promote open access to publicly-funded research data.
The policy is accompanied by detailed implementation guidance and outlines the specific responsibilities assigned to grant applicants, grantholders, the ESRC, and the data service providers it funds.