Policy RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe
The open access to research data environment includes several networks, initiatives, projects and communities that are fragmented by discipline, geography, stakeholder category (publishers, academics, repositories, etc.) as well as other boundaries. RECODE will provide a space for these European stakeholders to work together to provide common solutions for these issues.
The RECODE project will culminate in a series of policy recommendations for open access to research data targeted at different stakeholders and policy-makers.
Project website: www.recodeproject.euThe analysis identifies key issues that need to be addressed so that open access to data can deliver promised benefits. In order to drive implementation of open access to data:
- Developments have to be sensitive to specific and various scientific practices to ensure that existing research rigour is maintained.
- Links between infrastructure, legal and ethical issues, and institutional frameworks must be forged within and between disciplines to support open access to all types of data.
- Anonymity and privacy of research participants needs to be fully safeguarded and access to sensitive datasets needs be carefully managed without introducing barriers to openness.
- All open data should be referenced and attributed correctly as part of ethical research practice.
- Cultural issues (i.e., competition within science for reward and reputation, lack of trust between scientists and lack of career-related rewards and prestige) associated with publishing and sharing data must be addressed.
Concrete examples and more detail about these findings can be accessed in the full report. RECODE will use this information as a reference point from which to investigate technological, ethical and legal, institutional and policy issues in each of these case study areas.
To read more about each of these issues, and to find out more about RECODE events, visit the website: www.recodeproject.eu.