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 a list 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.

Consultation on Research Data Management

The Science Europe Working Group has 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 launched on 9 April. It can be found at and will remain available until the end of April 2018 for organisations that want to provide input.

Next Steps

Feedback from the consultation will be collected and analysed. The responses will be used to refine the proposed requirements and criteria, and if necessary, a second round of consultations may be held. The aim is to present the final core RDM requirements in the autumn of 2018, so that the first organisations can implement these common principles in 2019.

‘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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