Research Funder Requirements

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Presentation given to social science researchers at the University of Northampton, covering what funders expect in terms of data management and sharing

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Research Funder Requirements

  1. 1. Research funder requirements Sarah Jones Digital Curation Centre sarah.jones@glasgow.ac.uk
  2. 2. Requirements to manage data declarationdata are a public good andshould be openly available Code of good research conduct data should be preserved and accessible for 10 years +Common principles on data policy www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/Pages/ DataPolicy.aspx Funders’ data policies www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy -and-legal/funders-data-policies
  3. 3. Northampton RDM policy• Adopt the RCUK code of good practice• Write and follow a Data Management Plan• Make data accessible wherever possible• Deposit in a repository for preservation www.northampton.ac.uk/info/20283/academic- research/1606/research-data-policy
  4. 4. RCUK Common Principles in brief1. Make data openly available where possible2. Have policies & plans. Preserve data of long-term value3. Metadata for discovery / reuse. Link to data from publications4. Be mindful of legal, ethical and commercial constraints5. Allow limited embargoes to protect the effort of creators6. Acknowledge sources to recognise IP and abide by T&Cs7. Ensure cost-effective use of public funds for RDM http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/Pages/DataPolicy.aspx
  5. 5. Research funder policies•www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/overview-funders-data-policies
  6. 6. Explanation of each funder’s policy • Links to data & publications policies • Summary of main stipulations • Pointers to support www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/ policy-and-legal/funders- data-policies
  7. 7. What the ESRC requires (1)Publications• Publications should be made available via the ESRC research catalogue.• Publications should be deposited at or around the time of publication.
  8. 8. What the ESRC requires (2)Data• Grant applicants are required to submit a c.2 page data management and sharing plan.• ESRC award holders are expected to make use of existing standards and to make data available for further re-use.• Data must be offered for deposit within three months of the end of the award.
  9. 9. What the ESRC requires (3)Available support• The ESRC provides a research catalogue for publications and a data service to support archiving and reuse.• Managing and sharing data guide http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/media/2894/managingsharing.pdf• Guidance on writing DMPs http://www.esds.ac.uk/create/esrc/dataman
  10. 10. What the ESRC requires (4)Making it happen• The ESRC will review any costs associated with implementing the data plan as an integral part of the funding decision, and based on this decision, provide appropriate funding for data management.• The final payment of a grant may be withheld if data has not been offered for deposit to the required standard, unless a waiver has been agreed in advance.
  11. 11. Ultimately funders expect:• timely release of data - once patents are filed or on (acceptance for) publication• open data sharing - minimal or no restrictions if possible• preservation of data - typically 5-10+ years for data of long-term value• data management plans...
  12. 12. Data Management Plans•www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/overview-funders-data-policies
  13. 13. ESRCIt is expected that a data management and sharing plan will address:• assessment of existing data (gap analysis to justify data creation)• information on new data (volume, type, format, standards, methods)• quality assurance and backup procedures (includes security / storage)• plans for management and archiving (including preparation of data)• expected difficulties in data sharing (including measures to overcome these)• ethical considerations (e.g. consent, confidentiality, anonymisation)• copyright/Intellectual Property Right• responsibilities within research teams at all institutions.
  14. 14. Medical Research CouncilThe MRC provides a template with the following sections:0. Proposal name1. Description of the data2. Data collection / generation3. Data management, documentation and curation4. Data security & confidentiality of potentially disclosive personal information5. Data sharing and access6. Responsibilities7. Relevant policies on data sharing and data security8. Author of this Data Management Plan (Name) and contact details
  15. 15. Five common themes in DMPs1. Provide a description of the data (type, format, volume)2. Explain how the data will be collected & documented3. Outline the plans for data sharing4. Justify any restrictions on sharing (ethics, IP)5. State the long-term preservation plan
  16. 16. How to support RDM?Audio clip from presentation by Peter Dukes of the MRC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKeVPpupsYI
  17. 17. Thanks - any questions? For DCC guidance, tools and case studies see: www.dcc.ac.uk/resourcesFollow us on twitter @digitalcuration and #ukdcc

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