Initiative for the alignment of research data management policies
Science Europe and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) have launched an initiative for the voluntary international alignment of research data management policy. The organisations presented the initiative in Brussels at a co-hosted event on how to manage research data in an era of Open Science.
Science Europe and NWO are advocating for such alignment by exploring ways to establish core research data management requirements, as well as criteria for the selection of trusted repositories where researchers can store their data for sharing. These should create a uniform basis to develop more specific policies from. Science Europe and NWO encourage other organisations in the broader research landscape to join forces in this endeavour.
The responses received from the April 2018 consultation (see below) have been analysed, and have been used to refine the propsed core requirements and criteria for the selection of trusted repositories. The amended drafts are now submitted to a second round of consultations to gather additional feedback before their finalisation towards the end of 2018. The first volunteer organisations could take up the proposed requirements and criteria as of 2019.
The consultation is open until 20 September 2018 and can be found at http://scieur.org/rdm-consultation2
April 2018 Consultation
The Science Europe Working Group proposed a first draft of requirements for data management plans and criteria for trusted repositories. To collect feedback from organisations dealing with these issues, a consultation was conducted from 9 to 30 April among interested organisations for them to provide feedback.
‘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.
- Introduction to the Concept of Domain Protocols and State of Affairs, by Peter Doorn (SE WG Research Data, DANS)
- A Domain Data Protocol for survey data, by Reiner Mauer (SE WG Research Data, GESIS)
- Sharing of research data in the domain(s) served by CLARIN, by Franciska de Jong (CLARIN)
- ELIXIR Europe, by Andrew Smith (ELIXIR)
- Social Sciences Protocols, by Ron Dekker (CESSDA)
- Presentation of a Proposal: Rationale for Aligning Core RDM Requirements, by Peter Doorn (SE WG Research Data, DANS)
- Diversity in RDM Requirements across Europe: Preliminary Results of Science Europe Survey, by Algis Krupavičius (SE WG Research Data, LMT)
- Initial insight into the evaluation of RDM Plans, by Patricia Clarke (SE WG Research Data, HRB) and Karl Gertow (SE WG Research Data, VR)
- Minimum Requirements for Research Data Repositories: First results, by Katharina Rieck (SE WG Research Data, FWF)
- Next Steps towards the Development of European Common Principles and Core requirements for Research Data Management, by Stan Gielen (NWO)
- Science Europe Guidance Document presenting a Framework for Discipline-specific Research Data Management (January 2018)
Below is a small impression. More photos of the event are available on the Science Europe Flickr page.