Today, the management of research data has become a fundamental part of any research process. Organizing, documenting and sharing data ensures that research results can be verified and reproduced.
Through publication, research data can be stored, identified, accessed, reproduced and disseminated in a manner that is easy, useful and valid to make the data visible and increase the potential impact. Ensuring free access carries the benefit of enabling users to exploit, use and evaluate the data.
This page features tools and information to help you meet the requirements of the Horizon 2020 programme.
In the framework of the Horizon 2020 European research programme, an Open Research Data Pilot was instigated. The pilot called for a Data Management Plan (DMP) and the publication of any data associated with published results.
In 2017, the pilot will disappear to become the general rules for any project funded by Horizon 2020. Now all projects will be required to prepare a DMP and share their data as openly as possible. In addition, the data will need to be 'FAIR', that is, findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.
A data management plan needs to explain what will be done with the data during and after a project: what data will be obtained, collected or processed, what standards and methodology will be applied to the data, who will have access to the data and when, and how the data will be stored after the project’s completion.
The following resources and tools can help you to prepare a data management plan:
Screen for a data management: document prepared by the CSUC working group on research support in accordance with the guidelines of the Horizon 2020 programme.
Online tool: based on DMP Online, prepared by the CSUC working group on research support.
DMP Online: an online tool created by Digital Curation Centre (UK). Includes screens for projects in the Horizon 2020 programme.
DMP Tool: online tool created by the University of California. It does not have a screen for projects in the Horizon 2020 programme, but it includes many examples of management plans.
Once the results of a piece of research have been published, it will be necessary in many cases to disseminate the data that support the results. For this purpose, researchers at the University of Barcelona have the following options:
In a subject repository. To find the most appropriate one, consult the Registry of Research Data Repositories
By means of the Digital Repository of the UB
In other multidisciplinary repositories. Consult the study carried out by the CSUC working group on research support.
When publishing data, you need to take into account the use of licences to permit reuse. For additional information, see:
In some projects, you may want to use data already in existence, not new data. In these cases, it is crucial to cite the original data. For this purpose, we provide the following resources:
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