Open data

Making research data open access

Many funders require the preservation of and continuing access to underlying research data, recommending that at least those datasets that underpin published research should be securely stored.

Those funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK) are expected to provide online open access to key datasets, where possible, and where data is not suitable for open access, to give assurance that it is securely held and available for reuse if required. Also, the EPSRC has specific requirements.

Where a subject repository does not exist, researchers can deposit any type of data to Royal Holloway's Figshare Data Repository. Find out how you can deposit into the Figshare data archive.

What makes data open?

Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share. The Open Data Institute has further guidance available here.

A MOOC, Using Open Data for Digital Business, developed by staff at Royal Holloway, is currently open for enrolement.

Data access statement 

Researchers funded by RCUK and Wellcome Trust must include in all published papers a statement outlining how the underlying data can be accessed, whether on or offline. The statement might include: