University of Cambridge Research Data Management Policy Framework
There is an increased emphasis on managing and sharing data produced in research. The general expectation is that publicly funded research data are a public good, and should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible.
To advise researchers on the best practice of research data sharing, the University of Cambridge has approved the new University of Cambridge Research Data Management Policy Framework. The aim of this policy framework is to:
- provide guidance to all University academics, staff and students on research data management
- ensure that the University undertakes appropriate institutional steps to help its academics to adhere to good data management practice (and to meet the policy requirements of University funders).
Many of the research funders supporting work at the University of Cambridge require that research data are openly available with as few restrictions as possible. Additionally, some funders (BBSRC, NERC, EPSRC, and ESRC) introduced sanctions for non-compliance with their research data sharing policies. To guide you through the policy landscape we provide information on funders’ policies.
Research Data Management
Research data management is a complex issue, but done correctly from the start, could save you a lot of time and hassle at the end of the project - when preparing your data for a publication or writing up your thesis. Research data takes many forms, ranging from measurements, numbers and images to documents and publications. We have created a dedicated data website, which will help you with various aspects of research data management.
You will be able to find information on:
- Research data management support readily available to you
- Data management plans
- How to organise your data
- Information on how to make your data accessible
- How to deposit your data for sharing
- Information about policies on research data management
Additionally, we also provide information on key contacts responsible for providing advice on research data management at the University of Cambridge.