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:
- The underlying data supporting this publication can be publically accessed in [insert repository/data centre/archive here] via the following persistent identifier: [insert Persistent Identifier here]. The data are available under a [insert licence here].
- The underlying data supporting this publication have been deposited in [insert repository/data centre/archive here]. If you wish to access these data please contact [insert name and contact details here].
- The underlying data supporting this publication can be accessed at [insert URL here].
- All data supporting this study are provided as supplementary information accompanying this paper.
- The underlying data supporting this publication can be accessed by contacting [insert contact details here].
- Due to the confidential nature of some of the underlying data supporting this publication not all of the data can be made accessible to other researchers. Please contact [insert contact details here] for more information. (Academics are asked to use an institutional email address as the responsibility lies with the institution to monitor access requests to data to determine for how long the data should be stored)