Research Data Management

The UK Higher Education Funding Councils, the UK Research Councils, the Research Excellence Framework (REF2020) and a number of leading research funders are committed to the principle of Open Access to research data. Funding body requirements focus on the principle that research data is held within a future-proof and secure professionally managed environment. One of the main aims of establishing such a management system is to ensure that research data is available freely to the public via the web in open access, subject always to legal, ethical and confidentiality constraints (such as data protection).

The sharing of research data is expected to increase use of data across the research community, stimulating new ideas and fostering increased collaboration. Most of the larger research funding bodies now request plans for data management and or data sharing as an essential component of research project proposals. Consequently a research data management policy was approved by the University Research Committee on 25th September 2014.

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