Initiative for the Alignment of Research Data Management Policies

In January 2018, Science Europe and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) launched an initiative for the voluntary international alignment of research data management (RDM) policy. The aim is to help researchers in complying with RDM requirements even when working with different research funders and research organisations.

The resulting ‘Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management‘ contains core requirements for Data Management Plans (DMPs), as well as criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories where researchers can store their data. Results from the two public consultations (see below) were fundamental in helping to develop the final core requirements and selection of trusted repositories and these now offer a uniform basis to develop more specific institutional policies.

Next Steps

The Science Europe Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management will be officially presented on 29 January 2019 in Brussels.

The first volunteer organisations will begin to adopt these requirements and criteria over the course of 2019.

Past Activities and Events

September 2018 Consultation

Following feedback from the April 2018 consultation, the Science Europe Working Group on Research Data created a second draft of the core requirements for DMPs and criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories. This new draft was presented for a second round of consultations that ran from 16 August to 20 September.

April 2018 Consultation

The Science Europe Working Group proposed a first draft of requirements for DMPs and criteria for trustworthy repositories. To collect feedback from organisations dealing with these issues, a consultation was held from 9 to 30 April among interested organisations.

‘Open Science and Sharing Research Data’ Event

On 30 January 2018, Science Europe and NWO co-hosted a workshop in Brussels to discuss how to manage research data in an era of Open Science. The initiative was also presented and discussed at this workshop, which gathered over a hundred interested participants from the EU institutions, research organisations, and data expert groups.



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Below is a small impression. More photos of the event are available on the Science Europe Flickr page.


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