Research Data Management
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The University Of Nottingham has an aspirational Research Data Management policy that sets out:

  • how the University will support researchers by providing the necessary technical infrastructure and service
  • what is expected of those who conduct research

Based on the University of Edinburgh's policy, it was approved by the University Management Board in 2013. 

The policy is designed to address the expectations of the Research Council UK and promote good research practice. 

All researchers will be expected to abide by these guidelines and manage their data throughout the life-cycle of the project.


The University of Nottingham Research Data Management Policy

The University adopts the following policy on Research Data Management. It is acknowledged that this is an aspirational policy, and that implementation will take some years.

Research data is defined as that which is collected, observed, or created for purposes of analysing to produce original research results.


1.1. Research data will be managed to the highest standards throughout the research data lifecycle as part of the University’s commitment to research excellence.

1.2. Responsibility for research data management, through a sound research data management plan during any research project or programme lies primarily with Principal Investigators.

1.3. All new research proposals must include research data management plans or protocols that explicitly address data capture, management, information security (specifically integrity and confidentiality), retention, preservation, sharing and publication.

1.4. The University will provide training, support, advice and where appropriate guidelines and templates for the research data management process and research data management plans.

1.5. The University will provide mechanisms and services for storage, backup, registration, deposit, retention and preservation of research data assets in support of current and future access, during and after completion of research projects.

1.6. Any data which is retained elsewhere, for example in an international data service or domain repository should be registered with the University.

1.7. Research data management plans must ensure that research data are available for access and re-use where required by their funding body’s terms and conditions or where otherwise appropriate and under appropriate safeguards.

1.8. Principle Investigators are responsible for deciding, subject to legal, ethical and commercial constraints, which data are to be released to meet their obligations. Data shall be released for access and re-use as soon as practicable after research activity is completed and results published.

1.9. The privacy and other legitimate interests of the subjects of research data must be protected.

1.10. Research data of future historical interest, and all research data that represent records of the University, including data that substantiate research findings, will be offered and assessed for deposit and retention in an appropriate national or international data service or domain repository, or a University repository.

1.11. Exclusive rights to reuse or publish research data should not be handed over to commercial publishers or agents without retaining the rights to make the data openly available for re-use, unless this is a condition of funding.

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