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Research data management

More and more often researchers are being confronted by the increase in the attention paid to privacy, integrity and transparency. International and national standards have been developed, the new European wide privacy legislation (GDPR) has been implemented, and Radboud University has laid down a number of important principles. Moreover, funding organisations (such as the NWO and the European Commission) have set conditions for the proper management of data. Likewise, publishers provide guidelines on data management, with some requiring that data be made available for reusing prior to publishing.

At IMR, a memorandum (pdf, 46 kB) has been written that outlines the Research Data Management (RDM) policy at the Institute for Management Research (IMR). This memorandum is a basic version that will be further developed when necessary, together with the IMR’s researchers and the central RDM support unit of Radboud University. There are four general, fixed principles:

  1. Writing a data management plan (DMP) is mandatory for all externally-funded research projects and it is always advised for other research projects to do this as well.
  2. Necessary security and privacy measures for collecting and storing data should be taken.
  3. After the closure of a research project, for reasons of scientific integrity and reproducibility, all data generated at Radboud University should be archived at Radboud University for the long ter (minimally ten years, but if relevant longer), including the documentation and metadata necessary for understanding the data. There may be exceptions to the rule, for instance when the data are not owned by Radboud University or in case of specific agreements with third parties.
  4. If possible and in line with ethical and legal principles, data intended for the purpose of future reuse, including verification and/or replication, should be made public according to the FAIR principles for reproducibility and reuse by third parties, at the moment of publication of the corresponding book or article at the latest. The access level can be open (where possible), restricted (if necessary) or under embargo for an indicated period. There can, however, be ethical, legal and/or content-related reasons not to make (part of) the data public.

In addition to the IMR RDM policy, an implementation plan (intranet) is drafted to meet current Radboud RDM guidelines and explain the steps the IMR will take to familiarise the researchers with research data management. Its main focus is on making data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable).

Detailed information and practical guidelines on RDM can be found on the intranet. For further information and an outline of the research infrastructure that is available at Radboud University, the University’s central RDM website (www.ru.nl/rdm) is useful as well. If you have specific questions about data management issues at the IMR, you can contact the data steward (rdm@fm.ru.nl) or contact the University's RDM support (rdmsupport@ubn.ru.nl).