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Research Data

Sharing and re-use of research data are essential to verify research findings and foster new research. Science Europe promotes data sharing by working on the alignment of research data management policies and practices, and supports researchers with clear guidance.

Why does research data matter?

Quality-assured research data are key building blocks of the research process and often generate impact that goes well beyond their initial purpose. Sharing and re-use of data are seen as good scientific practice. It is indispensable in verifying research findings and can help to maximise the value of the original investment as the data are highly valuable in terms of supporting new research.

Science Europe’s Member Organisations either have a research data policy in place which they update when needed or are currently developing policies. They aim to encourage their researchers to share their data and to provide researchers with guidance on good data management.

What are the current priorities?

Science Europe supports the sharing of data and promotes data being FAIR, i.e. Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable. Data sharing requires good research data management (RDM). There is currently a lot of variation in RDM policies which can be confusing for researchers. Science Europe fosters the international alignment of RDM policies to facilitate RDM for researchers. RDM should not be a bureaucratic burden but a useful support when planning and conducting a research project.

What is Science Europe doing to achieve these aims?

Over the last two years, Science Europe has issued two publications, the ‘Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management’ and the ‘Framework for Discipline-specific Research Data Management policies.’ Both publications aim to align RDM policies across organisations. Science Europe promotes and builds on these outputs to achieve an even broader alignment across the research stakeholder community. The aim is to support researchers in their data management by providing clarity and clear guidelines, and reduce any administrative burden.

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Country Organisation Acronym Name
Austria Austrian Science Fund FWF Katharina Rieck
Belgium Research Foundation Flanders FWO Alexandra Vandervelde
Denmark Danish council for Independent Research DFF Johanne Thorup Dalgaard
Finland Academy of Finland AKA Harri Hautala
France French National Research Agency ANR Zoé Ancion
Germany German Research Foundation DFG Michael Royeck
Germany German Research Foundation DFG Stefan Winkler-Nees
Germany Leibniz Association Leibniz Reiner Mauer
Germany Leibniz Association Leibniz Andreas Witt
Ireland Health Research Board HRB Aileen Sheehy
Ireland Health Research Board HRB Patricia Clarke
Italy National Institute for Nuclear Physics INFN Tommaso Boccali
Lithuania Research Council of Lituania LMT Artūras Kaklauskas
Lithuania Research Council of Lituania LMT Ramunė Rudokienė
Luxembourg National Research Fund FNR Tom Jakobs
Netherlands Dutch Research Council NWO Hans de Jonge
Norway Research Council of Norway RCN Anne Elisabeth Solsnes
Poland Foundation for Polish Science FNP Maria Pawłowska
Poland National Science Centre NCN Laura Bandura-Morgan
Portugal Foundation for Science and Technology FCT Joelma Almeida
Spain Spanish National Research Council CSIC Fernando Aguilar
Spain Spanish National Research Council CSIC Joaquín Tintoré
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF Katrin Milzow
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF Cornelia Sommer
Sweden Swedish Research Council VR Sanja Halling
United Kingdom UK Research and Innovation UKRI Geraldine Clement-Stoneham
United Kingdom UK Research and Innovation UKRI Mark Thorley

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