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Data policies and requirements

Find out what data policies and guidelines there are at the UT and in the faculties and what research funders demand.

  • Data policies

    The University of Twente has a policy on research data management (RDM). This is an overall data policy on how to handle research data. It serves as a framework for data policies in the faculties, institutes, departments and research groups. Data policies give regulations and guidelines regarding data management plans as well as the storage, security, documentation, sharing and archiving of research data.

    When setting up your research you should check all RDM policies that are relevant to you. Below you find the data policy of the UT and part of the faculties.

  • NWO / Funder requirements

    Research funders NWO, ZonMw and the EU have a data management policy which affects grant submission. They all ask you to write a data management plan within a certain amount of months after the start of your project. NWO and the EU also want you to answer specific questions as part of the submission process (data management section) about the way you are going to manage the research data.

    NWO

    NWO implemented a data management policy in all funding instruments with effect from 1 October 2016.

    Data management section
    Calls for proposals will include a data management section in which the researcher should answer a number of short questions.

    Data management plan
    No later than 4 months after the project has been awarded, the researcher must submit a data management plan. You can use the template in the UT DMP-tool (also linked to the UT RDM course) which is approved by NWO.

    FAIR data
    The NWO data policy aims at stimulating researchers to work according to the so-called FAIR data principles, which means that data must be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

    More information can be found on the NWO data management page.

    ZonMw

    Planning research data management
    When writing your grant proposal it is highly recommend to already think about data management during and after your research.

    Data management plan
    After a research proposal is granted, the grant recipient must draw up a data management plan. You can use the template in the UT DMP-tool (also linked to the UT RDM course) which is approved by ZonMw.

    Data ownership and availability
    ZonMw and the grant recipient will share ownership of the produced data sets. The data must be available for the benefit of further scientific and/or academic research.

    FAIR data
    The ZonMw data policy aims at stimulating researchers to work according to the so-called FAIR data principles, which means that data must be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

    More information can be found on the ZonMw data management page.

    EU

    The EU is running a flexible pilot under Horizon 2020 called the Open Research Data Pilot (ORD). The ORD pilot applies primarily to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. The pilot follows the principle "as open as possible, as closed as necessary" and focuses on encouraging sound data management as an essential part of best practices in research.

    Data management guidelines
    Your application should address a couple of data management issues (see EU Horizon 2020 data management guidelines, Proposal submission & evaluation)

    Data management plan
    Once a project has had its funding approved and has started, you must submit a first version of a data management plan within the first 6 months of the project. You can use the template in the UT DMP-tool (also linked to the UT RDM course).

    More information can be found on the EU data management page.

    For information about RDM in EU funding programmes see the EU Horizon 2020 guidelines or the European Research Council guidelines

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